UPDATED: Collection at the Connecticut River Museum unharmed by fire

Workers clean up around the Connecticut River Museum in Essex Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, after a fire Wednesday night damaged the river-side facade and the roof of the building.
Workers clean up around the Connecticut River Museum in Essex Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, after a fire Wednesday night damaged the river-side facade and the roof of the building.

Essex — The collection at the Connecticut River Museum was not harmed by a fire that engulfed part of the building late Wednesday night.

Helen Davis, a buyer for the museum store, said the damage was limited to the dock side of the building and part of the roof.

She said the museum was currently closed so they could get rid of the smell of smoke inside the structure.

She said today's schooner cruises will still go on as scheduled.

"We will be open to the public as soon as possible," said Davis.

She said if they can get rid of the smell of smoke, they may open as soon as Friday.

Witnesses say flames were shooting about 50 feet into the air when firefighters arrived around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. They say the blaze started on the museum's dock along the river and spread to the building.

No injuries were reported. The cause is under investigation.

Witnesses say several boaters were near the museum when the fire broke out and tried to put it out with buckets of water and an extinguisher.

Call the museum at (860) 767-8269 to verify when it would reopen.

An Associated Press report contributed to this story.

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