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2 employees injured at Southington forge fire

Credit: Michael Schneider

SOUTHINGTON — Two people were taken to the hospital following a Sunday afternoon forge fire.

Multiple fire departments responded to 355 Atwater Street for a large fire right at around 2 p.m.

Two employees of Rex Forge were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

A portion of Atwater Street was closed.

Credit: Michael Schneider

Meriden, Bristol, and Cheshire fire departments were called for mutual aid.

Battalion Chief Glenn Dube said the fire extended from two large metal presses towards the walls and ceiling.

Firefighters said that the fire was knocked down at around 2:30 p.m.

The building suffered structural damage but Chief Dube said the business should be opened by Monday.

DEEP was called to the scene to investigate possible runoff into the Quinnipiac River.

Dube said there have been four significant fires at this facility since 2003.

Since the forge’s complex is so big, firefighters had to about a 1/2 mile of firehose.