UPDATE: Fire destroys three Bridgeport businesses

Published: Oct. 3, 2019 at 8:02 AM EDT
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UPDATE 05:16 p.m.

According to Rob Garcia, one of the owners of Hempworks, a friend had called him just before 7 a.m. and told him they saw smoke coming from the building.

Fire crews responded just after seven and, according to Bridgeport Fire Chief Phil Hart, contained the fire within 45 minutes.

But, in that time, much of the building was damaged beyond repair.

According to Anne Hart, the owner of the Provence Market Cafe, a fire wall existed between the stores and her restaurant.

"The market on the bravo side, the far building. I believe it is salvageable it received extensive smoke damage, but there was no fire damage, we were able to contain the fire from entering that part of the structure," said Chief Phil Hart.

But Anne Hart says the smoke and water damage was extensive enough that she could not salvage her cafe.

Crews stayed on the scene for hours after containing the fire to ensure structural integrity of the building before investigations began into the start of the blaze.

Chief Hart says he does not believe the fire to be suspicious.

Crews left the scene just after 1:45 p.m. leaving the remains of the three businesses.

UPDATE (8:47 A.M.)

Emergency crews on scene said the fire impacted Provence Market Cafe, Artworks and Hempworks.

According to the Bridgeport Fire Chief, Phil Hart, no one was inside of the building when the fire broke out, as the businesses were closed at the time.

Chief Hart also said the fire does not appear to be suspicious, however they will continue to investigate the cause.

Stick with 5 News as we continue to keep you up to date on this developing story.

UPDATE (8:02 A.M.)

Multiple crews are battling a fire at Provence Market in Bridgeport.

According to 911 officials the fire was reported just before 7:30 am Thursday morning.

All roads surrounding the building have been closed and vehicles are being detoured.