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Glastonbury business destroyed by massive fire

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GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Fire crews battled a massive fire at a manufacturing company in Glastonbury on Wednesday.

Dispatchers said it broke out at 32 Roaring Brook Dr. late Wednesday morning. On Wednesday night, crews were still at the scene, keeping others away.

The address belongs to Preferred Displays, and about 100 employees work at the company. There are about 10 buildings in the complex, and most were destroyed by the fire.

After smelling smoke, they evacuated the company. 

Employees were relieved in some ways because nobody was hurt, but now they are all worried about their jobs.

One worker said she saw smoke and told her manager, who started rushing everyone out of the building.

As of 3:30 p.m., the majority of the fire was out, but crews were still dousing the building with water. Officials said the fire started on the roof.

No injuries were reported, however some homes in the area were evacuated. As of Wednesday night, homeowners were let back into their homes.

Hebron, Wethersfield, Marlborough, Bolton and Manchester fire departments are assisting Glastonbury firefighters. 

"Fortunately we're not dealing with raw chemicals, we're dealing with the polyacrylic, however with the polyacrylic the byproducts of combustion of that are somewhat hazardous," said Jeff Chandler, of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

The company makes acrylic or heavy plastic displays, which they sell to department stores for cosmetics.

Employee Geoff Kasuga was hired only a few months ago, but he said he believes he knows what started the fire.

"We have these 'CNC lasers' and one was cutting a piece of acrylic which is lined with paper. The paper caught on fire, which happens, but the ventilation sucked up the flames from the acrylic sheet and the flame got into the whole ventilation system, and from that point the fire extinguisher can't really do anything," Kasuga said.

Charles Moneypenny just started less than two months ago, and he said he doesn't know what comes next.

"That's the main thing I'm thinking about....I just started working here," Moneypenny said.

Many of the employees have families to support, and with the holidays coming up, many are worried about the unknown.

"I wanted a company I could stay at for a few years at the very least, full benefits. I don't know what is going to happen now," Moneypenny added.

Neighbors contacted Eyewitness News and said the air smelled like burnt plastic and it was burning their eyes and lungs.

Smoke was seen for miles, and on Route 2 and around Glastonbury, as crews worked to fight flames.

The company has two other plants, one in South Windsor and another in New Jersey.

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