Massive fire destroys two factories on the East Side of Bridgeport

Sep 12, 2014

The smoldering remains of the Rowayton Trading Company factory warehouse building at 2201-2215 Seaview Avenue, Bridgeport, on Friday Sept. 12, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

More than 400 people on the East Side of Bridgeport, Conn., have returned to their homes on Friday following a massive fire that burned two factories to the ground the night before.

The factories were housed in a huge warehouse. One of the factories was a perfume recycling facility.

Fifty-five thousand gallons of chemicals in drums at the perfume factory caused several large explosions during the fire.

“I started smelling that chemicals burning but it was still contained inside the factory. But then it blew up and that was when everybody starting running,” said Alex Padilla, who works at a bodega half a block away.

State officials fear the waters of Long Island Sound around the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport may have been contaminated by runoff from the fire. The area has been closed to shell fishermen.