Fire breaks out at Bpt.’s Remington factory

Remington factory fire in Bridgeport. (WTNH Report It/Alex Socci-Brown)
Remington factory fire in Bridgeport. (WTNH Report It/Alex Socci-Brown)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Fire again broke out at the former Remington Arms complex in Bridgeport.

The vacant factory has been the scene of several fires over the years. This time, oil-soaked wooden planks fueled the flames Tuesday morning. Smoke could be seen for miles starting at 11:30 a.m. Firefighters have good reason to believe this fire was set.

Dep. Fire Chief Robert Petrucelli says, “We had a second fire in the offices portion of this complex up the street at the same time so that tells us that the cause of the fire is suspicious.”

After getting those fires under control by 1 p.m., a third fire broke out in a vacant home across Helen Street, which may have been caused by flying debris. Folks in nearby homes had to be evacuated.

Migdalia Trinida talked to News 8 on behalf of her displaced friend Mircha Camacho, who doesn’t speak English well. Trinida says, “So she doesn’t know what condition her house must be, if it’s full of water, but her friend next door she said that the fire almost got into her apartment. She was a little bit nervous, crying.”

The American Red Cross says 10 people, six adults and four children from five families, have now been displaced.

Firefighters expect to be on the scene throughout the night keeping an eye on spots.

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