Firefighters are on the scene of an abandoned rubber factory fire in Bridgeport.
The fire was reported at the old AGI Rubber Factory, which is located at 141 Stratford Ave., around 1 p.m.
Firefighters knocked down a small fire around 2:15 p.m. However, a larger fire started at the site a short time later.
“We were just about in Stratford and we saw the fire,” eyewitness Nicole Salati said. “I was like get closer, but as we got closer there were flames shooting everywhere.”
Stratford Avenue, which is also known as Route 130, is closed in both directions between Kossuth and Water Streets.
The thick black smoke could be seen billowing by drivers traveling on Interstate 95 and lead to traffic delays.
“Firefighters continue working hard to put out the blaze. We encourage folks travelling in the area to steer clear until the fire is out,” Bridgeport Public Safety Spokesman Kevin Coughlin said in a statement on Friday.
As the smoke from the blaze caused a haze in the Bridgeport skyline, firefighters from five companies attacked the fire from outside of the building and even on the water.
It's an abandoned rubber factory that possibly held tires. If that's the case, officials said these types of fires are very stubborn and usually come with the heavy, acrid smoke people reporting seeing on Friday evening.
There's no word on injuries to firefighters.
This area of Stratford Avenue is not residential area and home to other businesses.
Residents said that vagrants have started fires here in the past, but nothing as big as Friday’s. The cause of it is still being investigated, but officials said no one should have been inside the building.
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