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BY: John Fitts: Editor

Silver Mine Acres Home Heavily Damaged by Fire  

Photos by Kristin Grecula & John Fitts Silver Mine Acres Home Heavily Damaged by Fire

November 13, 2014 

Joe Roca and his wife Stephanie had just recently purchased the Silver Mine Acres home that sustained heavy damage in an early Thursday morning fire. The good news, however, is that the family had not yet moved in. They were planning to do so on Saturday. Joe Roca said he, his wife and family have been living with family in Farmington.

The family learned of the fire when they received a call from police.

Roca said he and his wife previously lived in Bristol and loved the house at 11 Silver Mine Acres. “Canton was the go-to town we were looking for,” he said. “Whatever it takes to get it back to what it was, we’re going to do,” he added.

Roca, who formerly had his own contracting business, was doing some minor renovations at the home. Roca said he may have lost a few tools but all the family’s belongings were with them or in storage.

The fire was reported at 12:37 a.m. Thursday. In addition to the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, numerous area departments, including members of a regional tanker task force, responded.

Neighbor Ernie Grecula said he reported the fire. He had gotten home from work, had dinner and then smelled smoke and then opened a door to take a look. “When I opened it to go out and take a look the whole sky was ablaze,” he said. Grecula said he called 9-1-1 and then made sure no one was at the home.

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Chief Richard Hutchings said the home has extensive damage including a collapsed roof and water damage on the first floor. It’s likely a total loss, he said.

Several area fire departments assisted the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department at the scene. Due to the lack of hydrants, the members of a regional tanker strike team, dubbed task force 54, were called in. With that system, a portable pond is set up and tankers bring water in to keep an adequate supply. “Fortunately we’ve drilled very well together for this kind of incident,” Hutchings said.

Many departments also helped at the scene of the home, including Simsbury, which provided its ladder truck and other equipment, Avon and New Hartford. Fire police directed tanker and general traffic on Route 44 during the incident.

The fire is under investigation. On Thursday an Avon fire marshal and the state fire marshal’s office were investigating.