Massive fire tears through 3-story building in Waterbury

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WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A massive fire tore through a three-story building on Congress Avenue Thursday morning.

The fire started just after 7:30 a.m. at the building located at 33 Congress Ave. Smoke from the fire was seen for miles.

As of late Thursday morning, firefighters were still putting out hotspots, and their attention seemed to be focused on the second floor of the building.

The lower portion of the building is a business with an apartment on the top two floors.

The fire chief said he believes everyone managed to get out alive.

“While we were en route, we were about to get in and had to pull out,” Waterbury Deputy Fire Chief John Perugini said.

A tight space separates the building from next door, potentially placing neighbors steps away in jeopardy.

“We live on the second floor right next door to the building, so when we come out, you can see the porch right across from us, and it was on fire,” Jason Miller said.

He said the commotion outside alerted his family to the fire.

“People were beeping horns, people were yelling, and it kind of startled us out of bed,” Miller said.

There’s still no word on the cause of the fire.

The video below is from a previous newscast.

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