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Crews Responding to 2-Alarm Fire in Hartford, Conn.

Firefighters battlled a two-alarm fire in the 600 block of Maple Avenue in Hartford. (Published Thursday, June 2, 2016)

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in the 600 block of Maple Avenue in Hartford and the road is shut down. 

Officials said it started in a bodega at the corner of Maple and Campfield avenues and spread to the back of the building. 

Darren Hudson, interim assistant chief of the Hartford Fire Department, said the fire was reported at 7:45 a.m. and firefighters found fire on the first floor of the bodega. 

Two employees were inside when the fire started and a resident of the second floor woke up and got out of the building before firefighters responded. No one was injured. 

"Companies immediately went to work and put lines into play and started attacking the fire," he said. 

Then, fire started coming from the back of the building. 

The second alarm was called at 8:16 a.m. 

“Attempts were made to put it under control, but for safety purposes and the fact that all individuals were out of the building, the chief decided to go to a defensive operation and protect the exposures,” Hudson said. 

The fire continued burning as firefighters struggled to extinguish the blaze from above. 

“The fire is burning up in the crevices of that peak and you can’t really get a good shot with the streams up there through the windows. So sometimes you have to wait for the fire to show itself before you put it out,” said Hudson.  

The fire continued burning as firefighters struggled to extinguish the blaze from above. 

“The fire is burning up in the crevices of that peak and you can’t really get a good shot with the streams up there through the windows. So sometimes you have to wait for the fire to show itself before you put it out,” Hudson said. 

To get around the area, use Broad Street, Wethersfield Avenue and Fairfield Avenue as alternates. 

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