New Britain Fire arrived on the scene at East and Belden to find a vaacant commercial structure and attached wood garage structure in the rear of of that building well involved. The intense fire would also involve the adjacent occupied residential structure to the left. The fire in the building of origin would eventually lead to the collapse of the roof trapping pocked of fire and leading to an extended operation. The fire in the exposure was quickly knocked down but not before it caused significant exterior structural damage. For safety reasons the operation was an external one and the crews used multiple hand lines as well as the department's tower ladder to stream water on the fire and bring it under control. Mutual aid in the form of station coverage was requested from Newington, West Hartford, and Hartford Fire.