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December 29, 2021

Fire damages popular Cheshire pizzeria 

Cheshire Fire Department Firefighters at Cheshire's Fuoco Coal Fired Apizza on Dec. 28, 2021.

A well-known Cheshire restaurant, Fuoco Coal Fired Apizza, sustained heavy damage in a fire Tuesday morning, though the owner has vowed to reopen.

The Cheshire Fire Department was dispatched to the business, at 461 West Main St., at around 11:06 a.m. on a report of a kitchen fire.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the building, according to the fire department. Firefighters forced entry, stretched hose lines, cut vent holes in the roof and extinguished the fire.

About 25 local firefighters responded, along with help from an engine company from neighboring Southington. Firefighters spent an hour and 23 minutes battling the blaze, according to the department.

Cheshire Fire Marshal Michael Kozlowski said Wednesday morning the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The restaurant is owned by George Constanti, who comes from a family of restaurateurs. Constanti could not be reached for comment Wednesday on his timeline for reopening the business.

In a post on the business’ Facebook page, he thanked family and friends for reaching out after the fire. 

“It has been a very sad and emotional day…we lost everything. Most importantly nobody was hurt,” the post said. “It will be some time before we reopen, and I will make sure I keep everyone posted. Please be patient, and I will reach out to all of you.”

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