Conn. firefighters battle huge recycling plant blaze that could rage for days (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The fire broke out on Sunday morning before 10:30am local time at Willimantic Waste Paper Company. No one was inside the building at the time and no injuries have been reported.
Images from the scene show flames engulfing the building as plumes of thick black smoke billow into the air.
Willimantic Ct 3rd Alarm pic.twitter.com/o6IoVb40s3— Squad Fire Photos (@SquadFirePhotos) January 28, 2018
The heavy smoke was even detected on weather radar at 5,000 feet (1.5 km), according to local meteorologists.
Smoke from waste paper fire in Willimantic, CT being detected over 5,000 feet in the air by radar! pic.twitter.com/X2vuj932Eg— Tyler Jankoski (@TylerJankoski) January 28, 2018
The whole town of Willimantic is Smokey. pic.twitter.com/h8SyoWuSiD— D/C Foley (@LtFoley) January 28, 2018
At least 10 fire crews are at the scene, trying to bring the blaze under control, NECN reports. The building is full of waste and recycling materials, making the fire difficult to contain.
“We’re hunkering down for quite a long time here. I think we’re going to be on the scene here possibly for days,” Windham Town Manager Jim Rivers said.
Willimantic Police Department is urging people in the area to stay inside due to the poor air quality.
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials are also at the scene to monitor air quality and inspect the nearby Willimantic River for possible contaminants. It is not yet known what caused the fire