Bridgeport, Connecticut, industrial fire
forces hundreds to evacuate
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[September 12, 2014]
(Reuters) - An overnight fire at a
Bridgeport, Connecticut, industrial building forced about 400 nearby
residents to evacuate and caused a large power outage in the area,
officials said on Friday.
The blaze started on Thursday evening at a building that housed a
perfume company, the city fire department said in a statement.
The flames grew so hot that they melted the sidings on houses across
the street, the department said.
Three firefighters were taken to a local hospital for treatment of
heat and smoke-related complications after battling the blaze, but
were expected to be fine. No other injuries were reported, the
The department said perfume containers and other chemicals inside
the building had burst after becoming superheated, causing
explosions that sent massive fireballs into the night sky.
Virtually all of the city's firefighters tried to control the
flames, the statement said.
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"The fireballs and the heat were like nothing I have ever seen,"
said Mayor Bill Finch in the statement. "Thankfully, no one was
seriously injured. There was no loss of life."
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Von
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