An Avon police officer was on patrol around 5:45 a.m. when she noticed flames rising from a medical office between West Avon and Dale roads, fire officials said.
The heavy fire started in the lower level of the two-story building that houses Avon Medical Group and Clinic Laboratory Partners, according to Tom Kline, assistant chief of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department.
Kline said that the fire was a "stubborn" one to put out and that it had a "head start" before firefighters arrived. It took about an hour and a half to extinguish the fire.
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Due to the smoke damage to the building, the medical offices will remained closed for an "undetermined" amount of time, he said.
Clinical Laboratory Partners is redirecting patients to its other Avon locations in the Healthtrax building at 100 Simsbury Rd., suite 207, and the Hartford Hospital Family Health Center at 339 West Main Street, according to Spokesperson Rebecca Stewart.
The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and Kline said that as far as he knows no firefighters were injured.
The Avon and state fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire.
Simsbury and Canton firefighters assisted the Avon crews and Tunxis Hose Fire Department also responded. The Farmington Fire Department covered Avon's Company 1 headquarters on Darling Drive in case any calls came in for other incidents.
Avon police and American Medical Response were also on scene.
Update, 9:46 a.m., Oct. 8
The building that houses Avon Medical Group and Clinical Laboratory Partners will be closed indefinitely due to smoke damage from the Tuesday morning fire.
Update, 8:52 a.m., Oct. 8
The state and Avon fire marshal are investigating the cause of a fire at a medical office on West Avon Road that houses Clinical Laboratory Partners, LLC and Avon Medical Group.
An Avon police officer happened upon the fire at 30 West Avon Road around 6 a.m. and Avon volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the scene.
The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured battling the blaze that caught hold in the lower level of the building on the Dale Road side.
Simsbury and Canton firefighters also responded, as well as Tunxis Hose firefighters from Unionville.
Update, 8:35 a.m., Oct. 8
The parking lot at the medical office is inaccessible to civilians.
An American Medical Response ambulance was on scene. Avon's fire marshal is investigating the circumstances of the fire.
Update, 8:30 a.m., Oct. 8
Simsbury firefighters and Avon police also responded to the fire at the Avon Medical Group building that houses Clinical Laboratory Partners, LLC.
Update, 8:20 a.m., Oct. 8
West Avon Road has reopened.
Avon volunteer firefighters responded to a fire Tuesday around 6 a.m. at the 30 West Avon Rd. medical office building that houses Avon Medical Group.
As of 7:35 a.m., police said that West Avon Road is closed between Dale Road.
More information will be provided when it becomes available.