Recycling Plant Fire

Four-alarm blaze at Willimantic Waste Paper Co. lasted over 20 hours

A four-alarm fire at a Connecticut plant lasted over 20 hours from Sunday into early Monday morning, decimating a 100,000 square foot building and forcing school closings in the process.

At least 14 area fire departments, consisting of over 200 firefighters, were called in to combat the fire, which occurred at Willimantic Waste Paper Co., a family-owned recycling and waste business that had been in operation at the location for over 75 years. One fire chief told CBS News that the building was definitely damaged beyond repair. However, showing great resiliency, the business said it intends to proceed with work immediately.

The company’s ownership posted the following statement on its website Tuesday:

Tonight we are grateful. First and foremost we want to thank the first responders who have come from far and wide to assist us today, and will continue to assist in the days to come, we will never have the right words to thank you, we are forever grateful.

To our employees and community at large thank you for your continued trust, we look forward to seeing and serving you tomorrow!

The DeVivo Family

Dense, hovering black smoke forced officials to close a number of local schools on Monday due to respiratory hazards.

Willimantic is about 30 miles east of Hartford. In addition to dumpster rental, its main operation, WilliWaste removal offers curbside collection to all residential homes and commercial businesses in Eastern Connecticut. The company’s curbside trash removal programs include recycling removal as well as a bulk waste collection service.

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