Tires explode during overnight fire in Torrington - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Tires explode during overnight fire in Torrington

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TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Residents of Torrington woke to loud explosions early Tuesday morning after a large fire at a truck yard in town. 

Crews were called to the Mountain Top Trucking Company on Lincoln Avenue around 3:30 a.m. The tire company is located near an oil company.

Neighbors in the area called 911 and reported hearing several explosions.

"They were loud, sounded like minor explosions," said neighbor Mark Gryniuk. "Everybody always worries, of course when the fire department is called to Lincoln Avenue, Torrington sends the whole fire department because the oil company."

Firefighters said three dump trucks were damaged. Because they had fiberglass parts, it caused a lot of smoke.

They did say they were able to control the blaze.

"It's a vehicle fire so the fact that they are larger vehicles makes it more time consuming," said Torrington Fire Chief Gary Brunoli. "The fiberglass burns fairly quickly so it generates a lot of smoke."

The owner of the Mountain Top Trucking Company, Dan Strughton, said he's looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage.

"Doesn't do us any good after a cold winter, but it is what it is," Strughton said

Firefighters shut down Lincoln Avenue for an extended period of time while they worked to put out the flames.

The fire marshal was on the scene. The cause remained under investigation.

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