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Fire damages Bristol Inn

Staff report

BRISTOL — Multiple fire departments responded to a fire that damaged the Bristol Inn bar Saturday morning.

Jim Mahan, who lives in the second-story suite above the bar near the intersection of state Routes 45 and 88, said he was inside when the building caught fire, but he was not injured.

“The first thing I noticed is, in the pantry there are two refrigerators, but they didn’t have any power. About 15 minutes later, I heard the smoke alarms going off,” Mahan said.

Mahan said because he didn’t have power, he went next door to make a 911 call around 10:45 a.m.

Bristol fire Chief Tom Dempsey said when fire crews arrived, there was heavy fire on the first and second floors. He said crews got the blaze under control in about 45 minutes, but part of the roof burned a little longer.

Dempsey said once the investigation into what started the fire is complete, a crew will be able to survey the damage.

Bristol Inn manager Shana Bakmaz said the bar was not open at the time of the fire.

At least 12 departments were on hand to assist. They included Bristol, Farmington, Cortland, Mesopotamia, Middlefield, Southington, Bazetta, Champion, Mecca, Orwell, Johnston and Bloomfield. The fire is being investigated by the Trumbull County Fire Investigation Unit, Dempsey said.

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