Factory fire keeps crews busy in Brid...

Factory fire keeps crews busy in Bridgeport

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Edison, NJ

#1 Jul 18, 2013
BRIDGEPORT -- City firefighters spent hours Wednesday night beating back a persistent fire nestled deep in a building they have become familiar with over the years.

The last engine company left the scene at 1 a.m. Thursday, after a nearly seven-hour battle. The fire marshal will attempt to locate the building's owner and if he can't, Assistant Fire Chief Richard Thode said, city building officials will secure it to precent anyone from getting inside again.

"We've had fires in this building before," Thode said of the former AGI Rubber Co., the first structure on Stratford Avenue east of Bridgeport Harbor.

"There was a pretty major fire there about two years ago and we had a small rubbish fire,'' the assistant chief said.

The building's history precluded city firefighters from heading inside the fire-gutted structure to attack the "deep-seated" blaze Wednesday.

"It's way too dangerous to send guys in," Thode said.

Instead, crews attacked the fire from all angles outside the building, moving around deck guns -- hoses set on the ground spraying up at the building -- and multiple ladder-truck hoses, while still more firefighters worked on the building's roof.

No firefighters were injured at the scene, Thode said.

Because of the time-consuming task of dousing innumerable "hot spots" within the building, crews were rotated on and off the fire as the night progressed, he said.

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