Quick work by the Westport Fire Department — with help from Wilton and Norwalk — averted a major disaster last night.
Flames poured from rooftop HVAC equipment atop the building housing Starbucks and HSBC Bank (the original Westport Library), on the Post Road between Main Street and Parker Harding Plaza.
The Post Road was closed while firefighters battled the blaze, reported shortly after 10 p.m. Damage was limited to the roof.
Downtown has been the scene of several major fires — to a furniture store, the Townly restaurant and Sconset Square — though none in recent decades.
Main Street was also the scene of a fire in 1950 that wiped out housing where a number of black men and women, who worked in Westport homes and businesses — lived. That area is now Bobby Q’s restaurant. Click here for that fascinating — and lost — piece of Westport history.
(Hat tip: Daniel Brill)