Early morning fire closes doctors' offices
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Jan 20, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Early morning fire closes doctors' offices

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert editor@stratfordgazette.com

Two Stratford physicians are without medical offices Monday morning after an early morning fire caused considerable damage to a west-end building.

Stratford Deputy Fire Chief Michael Gornyiczki says the department's fire prevention division is currently on the scene at the Medical Arts Building at 93 St. Vincent St. N. – which houses the family practices for doctors David Williams and Bernard Bukala – trying to determine a cause. The incident does not appear to be suspicious, he adds.

At this point it is not clear whether the doctors will be seeing patients at an alternative location; however, Gornyiczki says staff were by to pick up some undamaged records to begin contacting patients.

The fire department received a 911 call at 1:17 a.m. that was believed to have been made by a passing tow truck driver.

"Fire crews arrived and found flames shooting out of the lower level," Gornyiczki says. "The building was secure other than the windows, which had been blown out from the intensity of the fire."

Firefighters had to break the front door to gain access to the building, and once inside, break another door to enter the lower, south-side office where the fire originated. Gornyiczki says the flames were contained to the one unit, however, smoke damage throughout the building, including the vacant upper floor, has made it "unoccupiable."

Total damage is estimated at $200,000.

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