BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A fire fueled by recycled perfume and other chemicals continues to smolder at an industrial complex in Bridgeport. Some damage to the environment is being investigated.
Seaview Ave. and other roads in the immediate area are still blocked off because of firefighting equipment, but electricity has mostly been restored.
The fire, involving two businesses, broke out around 6:45 p.m. Thursday night. A massive plume of smoke shot into the air and could be seen for miles. The fire and explosions were fueled by 55,000 gallons of a chemical compound in a perfume recycling business. Another business, JWC Roofing and Siding, was also affected by the inferno.
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The heat was so intense some siding on nearby buildings began to melt. Hundreds of people were evacuated as a precaution.
Last night Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch urged residents to keep their windows and doors closed as they checked the dangers of the materials that burned. News 8’s Brian Spyros reports from his viewpoint this morning there is little detectable chemical odor in the air.
At one time up to 1,400 United Illuminating customers were without power. That number is down 132 as of 5:15 a.m.
The Associated Press reports:
Connecticut environmental officials said Friday morning they have temporarily closed fishing areas in Bridgeport Harbor and on the Sound from Norwalk to Milford. The U.S. Coast Guard said it will help enforce the shutdown and examine the extent of the pollution. Environmental officials said they found a large amount of red foam from a local waterway.
News 8 did some digging into the factory where that giant fire broke out. The company is the Rowayton Trading Company, and according to their website they are based out of Rowayton, Connecticut, but also have an office in Norwalk. Their website says they have been shipping chemicals and raw materials including frangrances, oils, dyes, silicons and more to destinations around the world for 30 years.
The factory on Seaview Avenue is two blocks away from Warren Harding High School as well as Bridgeport Hospital. There was a fire at the Remington Arms factory just a month ago right in the same neighborhood over on Barnum Avenue just two and a half blocks away.