TORRINGTON—About five dozen firefighters from four departments are still battling a fire at a Torrington industrial complex.
The building burning is one of five at the old Stone container complex, so called because it was once home of a Smurfit-Stone box manufacturing operation.
The fire first spurred an alarm at 5:07 a.m., drawing companies from Torrington, Litchfield, Winsted and Thomaston. One firefighter has been taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion.
The fire is still burning, although not visibly from immediately outside the building. As I write this I'm standing less than 100 feet from the building. Several ladders are being used to douse the flames, sending huge plumes of steam up with the smoke, and although much of the building has already collapsed, just moments ago another portion of it tumbled.
Residences along Cameron Street were evacuated earlier; those residents are being allowed back in to their homes. However, power has been shut off to some 500 customers, and traffic throughout the area of the complex at 105 Summer Street is severely disrupted.
It appears, firefighters have the situation under control, but they expect to be at the scene much of the day. It also appears, they have been successful preventing the fire from spreading to other structures.