The fire on Silver Mine Acres Thursday morning.
Photo by Kristin Grecula
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
Photo by John Fitts
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.
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