Warehouse fire extinguished, cleanup begins


TORRINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A tire warehouse fire in Torrington that sent up smoke seen for miles has finally been extinguished after burning into the night and causing environmental concerns.

The blaze at the Toce Brothers Co.’s warehouse began about 8 a.m. Thursday and drew more than 150 firefighters from more than two dozen area departments. Dozens of homes were evacuated as the burning tires sent harmful chemicals into the air and some water and foam used by firefighters ran off into the Naugatuck River.

No one was injured.

Crews with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection put absorbent booms in the Naugatuck River, but officials say environmental effects appear to be minimal.

The cause of the fire is under investigation Fire Chief Gary Brunoli says it doesn’t appear to be arson.

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