Fire damages New London restaurant

The Taco Bell restaurant on Colman Street in New London is seen Saturday morning, Nov. 11, 2017, after an early fire. (Tim Cook/The Day)
The Taco Bell restaurant on Colman Street in New London is seen Saturday morning, Nov. 11, 2017, after an early fire. (Tim Cook/The Day)

New London — The Taco Bell restaurant at 404 Colman St. was damaged by fire early Saturday morning, New London police said.

At 5:11 a.m., police responded to a report of an alarm at the restaurant, and found fire coming through the roof of the building and heavy smoke inside, according to a news release. There were no injuries.

New London firefighters responded and the fire required a second alarm, the release said. Waterford fire departments from Jordan, Cohanzie, Goshen, Oswegatchie and Quaker Hill, as well as the SUBASE FAST Team, Mohegan FAST Team and Groton Ambulance, provided mutual aid assistance.

Eversource electric and gas crews also were notified.

New London Fire Marshal Vernon Skau said the blaze caused significant damage. It has not yet been determined whether the structure is a total loss, he said.

Responders originally were alerted by a burglar alarm, Skau said.

Upon arrival, "they found a significant amount of smoke coming from the building and heavy fire in the rear of the building in the confined space above the ceiling," he said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

d.straszheim@theday.com

Havy damage to a Taco Bell restaurant on Colman Street in New London is seen Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, after an early morning fire. (Deborah Straszheim/The Day)
Havy damage to a Taco Bell restaurant on Colman Street in New London is seen Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, after an early morning fire. (Deborah Straszheim/The Day)

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