Waterford, CT

Longstanding U.S. Shopping Mall Closed Indefinitely Due to Fire

Joel Eisenberg

The location is expected to reopen following ventilation checks.

Crystal Mall, Waterford, CTPhoto byAdobe Stock

Author’s Note

This article is based on corporate postings and accredited media reports. Linked information within this article is attributed to the following outlets: Wikipedia.org and NBCConnecticut.com.


Over the past few months, many of my NewsBreak articles have focused upon the state of shopping malls in the United States. Many have since been sold, redeveloped, or permanently shuttered largely due to a decrease in foot traffic.

On occasion, safety issues have shuttered malls until repairs had been effectuated.

Now comes word that a Connecticut mall has indefinitely closed due to a fire. No one was injured, and an investigation into probable cause is ongoing.

Wikipedia features a comprehensive and well-attributed overview of said mall: Crystal Mall is an enclosed, two-level regional mall in Waterford, Connecticut. It is situated in a central retail area off the Hartford Turnpike (Route 85), across from a smaller, open-air shopping center, Waterford Commons... The mall was developed in 1984 by New England Development. When it opened, it was the only regional mall in the area, and many smaller shopping centers faced strong competition.

The mall is reportedly one of the 10 largest in the state.

Let us explore further.

Shopping Malls, 2023

According to a February 2nd report from NBCConnecticut.com, “Crystal Mall in Waterford Closed After Fire,” the conflagration is presently contained.

As excerpted from the report: Firefighters responded to Crystal Mall in Waterford to put out a fire on Thursday morning and fire officials said the mall is closed for ventilation. Firefighters responded to the mall around 10:49 a.m. and the fire was under control within half an hour, fire officials said. They said there was a fire in the kitchen of a restaurant that produced some flames, but a lot of smoke that spread through the food court and parts of the mall.

Though the fire has since been extinguished, the mall will remain closed until considered safe.


This is a developing story. In the event of pertinent updates to this matter, I will share them here on NewsBreak.

Thank you for reading.

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