NEW HARTFORD — First Selectman Daniel Jerram announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Aug. 11, that the New Hartford House will be demolished due to the fire that took place on Aug. 10.
The historic building was built in 1850 and, over the years, has housed various businesses and residents.
The fire destroyed the building, which included 14 residential units and six businesses, with 21 residents living in the building at the time of the fire.
It was announced on Aug. 10 that a 26 year-old firefighter from the Burlington Fire Department was critically injured in the fire. According to a press release from department Fire Chief Michael Boucher, the firefighter experienced a medical emergency while fighting the fire and was transported to John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington.
As of Aug. 11 at 12 noon there has been no update given on the firefighter’s condition.
“Route 44 remains closed today while we continue to address the buildings destroyed by the fire,” Jerram posted on his Facebook page. “ Last night we met with the property owner to inform them that the Town had issued an order to make the property safe. This includes demolition of the buildings – and removal of the debris. Our hearts want to save the buildings – but our heads know they are beyond repair.”
As of Aug. 11, gift cards and donations for those who are displaced are being accepted at Barkhamsted and, when it opens again, New Hartford Town Halls, along with Barden Farms Market
Northwest Community Bank is accepting donations for those displaced by the fire.
The bank is accepting gift cards, cash, and checks made out to the “Neighbor to Neighbor” fund; write “New Hartford Fire Victims” in the memo field.
Hands of Grace, located at 8 Wickett Street, is also accepting donations of personal care items, monetary donations, and small household goods.
Little Red Barn Brewers in Winsted will be holding its fundraiser for fire victims through Friday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 15 and will be collecting donations at its location.
This list will be updated as more information becomes available.