Authorities testing air quality after Glastonbury fire, some residents advised to evacuate

Fire at Preferred Display Inc. in Glastonbury, Wednesday Nov 11, 2015. (Photo: WTNH - Report-It email)


GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — Some Glastonbury residents are being advised to evacuate their homes after a large fire on Wednesday morning.

Late Wednesday morning, a fire broke out at a manufacturing factory in Glastonbury, forcing over 100 employees out of the building. On Thursday, the fire department is advising residents in the Sherbrook Drive, Fisher Hill, and Manchester Road area to evacuate their homes as a precaution.

Glastonbury has opened the Riverfront Community Center (RCC) to accommodate residents in need while authorities test the air quality. The RCC, however, does not allow pets.

Officials are saying those who choose not to evacuate are advised to stay indoors, shut-off air intake systems, and limit outdoor exposure until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finishes testing.

The EPA is conducting precautionary air quality testing due to the acrylic plastics produced at the manufacturing company.

The Health Department is also reminding residents to be cautious of debris in the area of the fire. If you come in contact with debris and need assistance, call (860)652-7534.

Glastonbury authorities say they will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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