3-alarm fire damages Manchester American Legion Hall

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MANCHESTER - Roads were closed for several hours as a 3-alarm fire was brought under control Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Hall in Manchester.

The call came in just after 3:15 p.m.  when an employee working in the building called 911 to report heavy smoke coming from the basement.

Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke showing from all doors, windows and roof of the unoccupied building.

It took a little over an hour to get the blaze under control.

Firefighters from Manchester, East Hartford , South Windsor Fire,  Glastonbury and Bolton fire departments responded to help battle the blaze at the large 3-story structure and to back-staff fire stations.  Near blizzard conditions at the time of the incident made getting to the fire difficult, especially for mutual aid companies coming from neighboring towns.

There were no injuries to firefighters despite the difficult environmental conditions. Crews were still on-scene as of 7:45 p.m.

There is extensive damage to the building interior on all floors but the building exterior is still intact. The building is owned by American Legion Post 102 and was built in 1921

Representatives of the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Manchester Building Department remained on scene Saturday evening investigating the fire’s cause and origin.