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Two-alarm fire destroys commercial building in Easton

A two-alarm fire heavily damaged a commercial building in Easton today, officials said.

The blaze began at Joseph Botti Co. on Turnpike Street at about 10 a.m., said Easton Fire Captain Larry Blye.

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One employee of the company suffered minor injuries, but he was not transported to a hospital, Blye said.

The 5,400-square-foot metal building housed “lots of oils [and] machinery’’ which are believed to have been responsible for “minor explosions’’ inside the building that occurred as the fire began consuming the interior of the structure, Blye said.

Joseph Botti Co. is a commercial and residential site work company that works in masonry, utilities, and other services, according to

“The whole building is severely damaged,” Blye said. “It will have to be taken down.”

Blye also said the machinery in the building suffered “extensive” damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan’s office and Easton firefighters.

A house attached to the company’s building did not catch flame, Blye said.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at
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