Downtown Madison Grinds to a Halt after Fire Destroys Route 1 Businesses

An early morning fire swept through several downtown Madison businesses destroying both a popular pizza restaurant and a wine shop.

According to Madison Police, firefighters in Madison responded to an alarm at 734-738 Boston Post Road, home to Village Pizza and the Madison Wine Shop, around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, to discover heavy smoke rising from the building. Madison Hose Company No. 1 and North Madison Fire Departments responded and received additional mutual aid from Branford, Guilford, Durham, Killingworth, and Clinton fire departments.

The fire has been suppressed and firefighters noted a lack of wind allowing smoke to travel straight up. Though smoke from the blaze was reportedly seen from nearby Interstate 95 smoke damage in the area was limited.

Police and fire officials have begun an investigation into the cause and the origin of the fire and the scene remains active. Boston Post Road between Route 79 and Wall Street is closed. It is expected that the northbound lane of Boston Post Road will remain closed for a few days. The southbound lane has been reopened, serving traffic heading in both directions. Parking in the area has also been limited.

According to Eileen Banisch, executive director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce, multiple downtown businesses are currently without power including Ciao Bella and Khaki and Black. Police noted that Connecticut Light and Power is on the scene and will restore power to the area as soon as it becomes safe to do so. The Southern Connecticut Gas Company is also on the scene to assess the situation. The Town of Madison Building Inspector and the Madison Director of Emerency Management are also on the scene.

No one was in the buildings during the fire and no injuries have been reported. Both buildings are expected to be demolished.

The roof of the Madison Wine Shop is completely burned through
The roof of the Madison Wine Shop is completely burned through
The road and sidewalk on the south side of Rt. 1 will remain closed until safe.
The road and sidewalk on the south side of Rt. 1 will remain closed until safe.
Workers are shutting off utilities to the building in anticipation of demolition.
Workers are shutting off utilities to the building in anticipation of demolition.
Parts of the burned-out Madison Wine Shop appear eerily undamaged.
Parts of the burned-out Madison Wine Shop appear eerily undamaged.
The roof of the Madison Wine Shop is completely burned through.
The roof of the Madison Wine Shop is completely burned through.
Fire crews document the damage to the Madison Wine Shop in anticipation of demolition
Fire crews document the damage to the Madison Wine Shop in anticipation of demolition
The road and sidewalk on the south side of Rt. 1 will remain closed until safe.
The road and sidewalk on the south side of Rt. 1 will remain closed until safe.
The roof of the Madison Wine Shop is completely burned through.
The roof of the Madison Wine Shop is completely burned through.

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