Explosion, barn fire awaken neighbors, destroy Corvette

Saturday, July 12, 2008 3:33 AM EDT
The Republican-American Newspaper

Connecticut - The Thomaston fire marshal and state fire marshal's office are investigating what caused a barn fire that started with an explosion early Friday morning at 845 High St. Ext., near the Litchfield town line.

Neighbors were awakened by the explosion which Fire Marshal Robert Norton said was heard as far away as at Patti's Place, a downtown restaurant two miles away, and at Walnut Hill Road, which is at least a mile away.

Norton said he believes the explosion may have been caused by an ignited acetylene tank. He was not sure if there was more than one tank, as there were a few smaller explosions. Acetylene is a hydrocarbon used for welding and cutting.

Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Wilson said three-quarters of the large two-story barn was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 5 a.m. Wilson said the barn, in the backyard of the single-family house, included a three-car garage. Inside, a mint condition 1989 Chevy Corvette was destroyed, he said.