East Haddam

Fire Breaks Out at East Hampton Junkyard and Recycling Center

Multiple departments responded when fire broke out at an East Hampton junkyard Friday.

Fire officials crews responded to a fire at the Belltown Recycling Center on Old Coach Road around 7:40 p.m. and found two dumpsters on fire.

East Hampton Company One Capt. Ken Royce said the fire was challenging because the location was nowhere near hydrants and with a narrow roadway to get into the facility, it was difficult to get tanker trucks close.

Portland, Marlborough, East Haddam, Colchester, and Haddam Neck all provided tankers.

No injuries were reported and the facility was closed at the time of the fire. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to check for hazardous materials but there were no immediate concerns, according to East Hampton Fire Marshal Richard Klotzbier.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Klotzbier said at this time there is no indication that the fire is suspicious, but the state fire marshal has been called in to assist in the investigation.

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