01/28/18 Willimantic, CT – One of the largest trash management companies in the state went up in flames Sunday morning (1/28/18), just after ten am. Willimantic firefighters found heavy fire inside the facility. The fire quickly spread throughout the extremely large commercial building. Additional alarms were quickly transmitted bringing fire departments from two counties. The fire burned for hours and could be seen for miles. It burned throughout the night and into the next day when heavy equipment was brought in to dismantle the building. During the height of the blaze several collapses occurred prompting firefighters to setup additional master stream operations. One heavy machinery operator was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal. The DEP was also called to monitor air and runoff from the fire.
The business handles and recycles waste for businesses and residences throughout Eastern Connecticut.
Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch received multiple calls for black smoke coming out of an abandoned building at 755 King Street East November 17, 2016 at 7:31. The building was formerly a used car dealership, and is just a block east of last week’s bar fire. Pump 2 could see the smoke as they got near the scene and requested an additional pumper. P2 firefighters pulled two 2.5” lines to attack the fire. A large pile of tires was burning in the front of the structure. The fire was knocked down in 25 minutes. Box 690 provided rehab.