Crews in Bridgeport were still on scene battling a massive fire at an abandoned warehouse Friday morning.
The fire sent smoke billowing into the air that could be seen for miles and caused air quality concerns.
The large fire was reported at a warehouse that used to house The Nest, one of the largest art studios in the area.
"They had art shows all the time," said witness Silvia Martin. "They were always doing things for all different kinds of artists. It was a huge beautiful place."
At first, it appeared as though Bridgeport firefighters had a handle on the blaze, which was located in the area of Hancock Avenue and Railroad Avenue, but then, more black smoke and flames began to erupt from inside the structure.
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch headed to the scene when he received word of the fire, and he told Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Karen Lee that nothing was inside of the warehouse when the fire broke out.
"Our fire department has done a great job of controlling the fire on the perimeters," Finch said. "But, there's a lot of smaller, interior sections that are not reachable at this point."
Finch also said portions of the factory have collapsed as a result of the fire.
"This particular property is multiple buildings," Finch said.
Some firefighters may also have suffered from dehydration and heat exhaustion as a result, but Finch said he was unsure if any firefighters have been taken to a local hospital.
Emergency officials also asked that residents keep windows closed to keep smoke from entering.
Metro-North officials said all four railroad lines going through Bridgeport were closed at 7:54 p.m. because of the fire, but officials said one track was reopened around 8:45 p.m. to allow trains to begin moving through the area.
Metro-North officials said passengers on stopped trains continued to be supplied with air conditioning while they were stopped.
The entire area where the fire broke out is part of the National Register of Historic Places. For more information on the Railroad Avenue Industrial District, click here.
No injuries have been reported.
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