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.
On 1/28/18 at 10:13 the Willimantic, CT FD was dispatched to 1592 W. Main St for a structure fire. Members arrived to very heavy fire conditions in a commercial building used for recycling. WFD was assisted at the scene by at least 15 mutual aid FDs. Members expect to be on scene for several days. Patrick Dooley