Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli said demolition crews were pulling away walls to aid in fighting hotspots.
“They helped us enormously,” Lolli said.
An orange glow from the smouldering debris could be seen on the Park Street side of the building Thursday night.
Fire Capt. George Blake, who was on the Park Street side Friday morning as the demolition crew was working to uncover the smouldering pockets in the building and a fire engine continued spraying water into the building, said the overnight rain didn’t help much. He said there were hotspots on the structure which had a roof built on top of another roof. Blake said the void between the roofs is where the fire went.
The Vickers heavy equipment crews worked methodically to knock down each wall, peeling the interior walls from the exterior wall to expose the hotspots.
Middletown firefighters have remained on the scene watching for floating embers going on to nearby residential and commercial properties since New Year’s Day. The smouldering embers were buried in pockets inside the double roof, burning into the old wooden beams. As demolition crews worked, moving the debris and removing the scrap metal left in the building, walls were being knocked down, revealing more hotspots.
The large fire was reported at 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday. More than 100 firefighters at a time battled the blaze, which led to the arrest of a man, Joshua Lamb, who said he was living in the building when a fire he started spread to his bedding.