MADISON, Conn. (WTNH) -- Two Madison businesses were destroyed by an early morning fire that brought out fire crews from surrounding towns.
In the heart of downtown Madison, fire lit up the early morning darkness. By 4 a.m., the flames raged through the whole building. A building that had been home to Village Pizza and the Madison Wine Shop .
"They've been here a long time. They're really respected businesses that contribute so much to the community. They're gonna be missed," said Barbara Yenco, of Madison.
"They had a massive amount of great wines that are now no longer with us," said Madison 1st Selectman Fillmore McPherson.
Fortunately, only wine and no people got hurt in the blaze. Madison had help from four other towns, but there was little they could do except keep pouring water on the the building as the floors inside collapsed.
"We had a hard time making entry into the building. Like I said, excessive heat and flames. At that point we decided to pull everybody out and we went to a defensive operation," said Chief Robert Kyttle, Madison Fire Dept.
The Chief says one of his top priorities was to make sure the fire there didn't spread to a newer brick building next door. It's a much newer building because the businesses that were there burned down in 1985.
That fire started in Jolly's Drug Store, and the building was a total loss. Townspeople remember a disgruntled employee was to blame.
"I have a friend of mine that used to work there, a little girl, and she was not too happy about the work and that's that, she started the fire," said Jocelyne Milliard, of Madison.
And just as they rebuilt after that fire, people in Madison say the new scar on the heart of downtown will heal as well.
"You rebuilt in Madison, right," asked News 8's Kent Pierce.
"That's right. And now we have a beautiful town," said Milliard.
"And you will again?"
"That's right. That's right."
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