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    Sunday, June 16, 2024

    Wheelchair fire forces evacuation of Groton daycare center

    Employees from Cherished Children daycare center keep an eye on children after a small fire, contained to a battery powered wheelchair, at 801 Poquonnnock Road in Groton forced the evacuation of businesses that shared the building April 25, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Members of area fire departments investigate a battery-powered wheelchair that started a small fire at 801 Poquonnnock Road in Groton and forced the evacuation of a daycare center and other businesses that shared the building April 25, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    A small fire, contained to a battery-powered wheelchair, at 801 Poquonnnock Road in Groton forced the evacuation of a daycare center and other businesses that shared the building April 25, 2024. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Groton ― A Thursday afternoon fire inside a commercial building at 801 Poquonnnock Road forced evacuation of a daycare center.

    The small fire, contained to a battery-powered wheelchair that was plugged in and being charged, was quickly extinguished with a fire extinguisher, Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Rheaume said. No injuries were reported and damage was contained to the area around the wheelchair.

    The fire occurred about 12:30 p.m. on the second floor of the commercial building in a business called Mind Matters, LLC, a facility serving adults with dementia. Also located in the building is Companion Animal Hospital, ManTech International and Cherished Children daycare center.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation. All businesses were given permission to reoccupy the building.

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