Fires at Remington Arms complex ‘suspicious’

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The Remington Arms Factory in Bridgeport continues to smolder more than 24 hours after a fire broke out there. It’s being labeled suspicious but the condition of the building is making it tough for crews to get inside.

The word “suspicious” is still being used to describe the fire at the former Remington Arms Factory in Bridgeport.

“A lot of smoke, a lot of smoke, fire. We don’t know who started it. They are trying to say it was some kids,” said Josue Silva, Bridgeport.

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The fire broke out Tuesday, around 11:30 in the morning causing a great deal of damage on the top floors. But this building wasn’t in the best condition to begin with. It was abandoned in the mid 1980’s and has fallen victim to vandals and fires over the years.

“We don’t want crews up there. There’s holes in the floor, roof, there are collapsed parts in the building so it makes access difficult,” said Richard Thode, Assistant Chief, Bridgeport Fire Department.

The fire didn’t just stay contained to the factory. Officials believe that flying debris went across the street and igniting a home damaged in a previous fire. The flames then spread to neighboring homes.

Fire crews spent all night on the scene, dousing hot spots inside the factory. Since they can’t reach parts of the building on foot or using their equipment, they’re turning to technology for help. A drone is giving them a vantage point they can’t get on their own.

“We flew it up over the building and into many of the different courtyards of the building, we were able to look down and see small pockets of fire so we can get a better idea of the areas that are still burning,” said Thode.

As the investigation into this latest fire continues, those who live in the area say they’re tired of looking at this factory, in shambles.They want to see the area cleaned up.

“Build more houses, condos, a playground. You know, this is hazardous,” said Silva.

News 8 spoke with the mayor’s office in Bridgeport. They say the property where the fire broke out is privately owned. The owner is currently working to have asbestos removed. It’s described as a time consuming and complicated process. It must be done before any demolition can take place.

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