- Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - Fire officials say the interior of a 95-year-old American Legion Hall in Manchester suffered extensive damage after a blaze tore through the structure over the weekend.

Crews were dispatched to American Legion Post 102 after an employee called to report heavy smoke in the building’s basement around 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

Nearly 60 firefighters responded to the blaze from Manchester, East Hartford, Glastonbury, South Windsor and Bolton. They encountered extreme weather conditions upon their arrival, including winds up to an estimated 35 mph.

The fire was considered under control by approximately 4:30 p.m.

Fire Chief David Billings says the exterior of the hall, constructed in 1921, remained intact.

No injuries were reported. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

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