Multiple fire departments in Connecticut responded to a massive four-alarm fire at the Seaport Marine in Mystic, Connecticut, late Sunday evening.
The blaze broke out around 8.45pm and consumed major portions of Washington Street in the New England town. The fire was under control as of 12.30am, but not completely extinguished.
According to reports, more than 10 teams from nearby cities initially responded to the blaze.
One local fire agency confirmed that several buildings had caught fire with some collapsing during the inferno.
Buildings on and near the water appeared severely damaged from the fire that broke out Sunday at the Marine Seaport in Connecticut
This is the scene more than two hours after the fire broke out at Seaport Marine in Mystic pic.twitter.com/XvvKvvSguZ
Crews from more than 10 fire agencies responded to the scene
Breaking!! Massive 4 Alarm Fire Seaport Marine in Mystic Connecticut. @WTNH pic.twitter.com/O6ovCnBR9h
Another angle shows a person observing the blaze from the dock at the marina
Mystic, Connecticut is a small village located near the Block Island Sound in New England
One woman who is in the area reported hearing a ‘loud explosion’ across Mystic River before she came out and discovered the massive flames.
Another report indicated that ‘multiple explosions’ could be heard by residents who were viewing the fire from across the river.
‘We’re alright and the fire dept is on it,’ the woman captioned the video posted to Twitter late Sunday evening.’
According to EWeather, the fire was exacerbated by weather conditions in the area.
‘This video is insane of the Mystic fire. It was so intense, fueled by those strong southerly winds, that it’s rotating…like a dust devil or tornado. Incredible,’ the Twitter account said while sharing video of firefighters battling the fire.
The 23-second video shows a gigantic cloud of black smoke swirling in front of the flames going strong on the street.
One person who responded to the tweet said: ‘I live right next to the building that’s on fire and we all had to evacuate.’
Mystic Fire Chief Anthony Manfredi Jr. told The Day that several nearby residents were forced to evacuate the home.
Another Twitter user said: ‘My boat was stored in that building until a year or so ago. They don’t store anything in there any longer. Pretty much empty. Thankfully.’
This video is insane of the Mystic fire. It was so intense, fueled by those strong southerly winds, that it’s rotating…like a dust devil or tornado. Incredible. #firenado
📹:Norwich Firefighters Local 892 pic.twitter.com/3zd5SbQr8E
Video posted to Twitter Sunday evening shows the inside of the blaze
A massive tornado-like cloud of smoke formed inside the fire thanks to winds in the area
Manfredi said the fire completely destroyed a large storage and office building during the fire. It also damaged an adjacent home.
A local business owner said he had employees calling him to give a grim-update on the fire.
Matt Beaudoin, the owner of Mystic Knotwork, told FOX 61 he received news that the street looked like ‘an inferno’ after the blaze broke out.
‘I’m grateful that the fire were able to take care of the buildings,’ he said.
The business owner also said the Marine Seaport is considered the anchor of the town and is a major part of the tourism industry.
The Marine Seaport is considered the anchor of the town and is a major tourist hub, according to one local business owner
Both power and roads surrounding the fire were out for hours as fire officials worked to extinguish the blaze.
The Salvation Army also responded to the scene to assist, as well.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Stonington Police Deputy Chief Todd Olson said around 10.30pm there are no reported injuries.
According to The Day, the fire is the largest the downtown area has seen in more than 22 years.
Seaport Marine 😳 pic.twitter.com/2ve853uPIc
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