State Air Samples After Glastonbury Blaze Show No Cause for Concern

Samples of the air taken after a massive fire at a manufacturing plant in Glastonbury show no cause for concern, according to state environmental officials, but they are still waiting on results from the EPA.

The raging fire broke out around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Preferred Display, a company on Roaring Brook Plaza that makes cosmetic displays, and eventually caused the building to collapse.

Firefighters remained at the scene for more than 24 hours after the blaze started, monitoring for hot spots. As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, the smoke had finally cleared.

As firefighters battled the out-of-control fire, officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, raised environmental concerns that the plastic burning inside the building could break down into toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide.

“All the smoke was stuck in this area, which affects the residents and it was being migrated north and there was some concern for other areas,” Rich Scalora, of the DEEP, said.

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On Friday, officials said that all air samples taken on Thursday that were tested at the mobile lab showed nothing of concern.

While those results are in, results on samples of particles taken from the deck of an area residence will not be ready until later today, at the earliest, officials from DEEP said.

State officials said they are still waiting on air quality tests from the EPA.
Seventy-five employees were affected by the fire. They were not injured, but they are now without a job.
The fire marshal continued to investigate the cause of the fire.

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