Torrington Fire Department

4 Alarm Factory Fire In The Former Stone Container Company Property 8/10/2009

Shortly before 5am the Torrington Fire Department was dispatch for a possible structure fire in the Stone Container Factory. They arrived to find a large factory building which currently housed the Daley Moving and Storage Company with heavy fire throughout. Mutual aid from Litchfield, Winsted, Thomaston, and Harwinton responded to assist the Torrington professionals and volunteers with additional manpower, aerial ladders, additional engines, and an air cascade truck. They not only assisted on the fire scene but had to respond as coverage for several smaller incidents which occurred while the Torrington crews were committed to the factory fire. Because of the heavy fire and collapse of the roof and partial collapse of the walls the fire was for the most part an external and defensive operation. Several small fire from extension to the exposure buildings were quickly extinguished during the battle to contain the fire in the origin building. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Officials were also concerned about possible asbestos contamination of the area as a result of the blaze and building collapse but the chances of release is said to be minimal.

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