Blaze destroys building on East Side

An early-morning blaze destroyed a one-story industrial building on Bridgeport's East Side Monday morning.

BRIDGEPORT – An early morning two-alarm fire destroyed an older one-story industrial building on the city’s East Side Monday.

Six engine and three ladder companies responded to the 3 a.m. blaze at 33 Knowlton St., which housed a woodworking company. Although some of the units were recalled at 7 a.m., it’s expected that firefighters will be on the scene for most of the day.

“It a woodworking and finishing company of some kind,” said Asst. West Side Chief Robert Morton, “so there are paints and solvents – thinks like that.”

He said the roof had collapsed, and the structure of the building was badly compromised.

“There are still a lot of pockets that we’ll have to get at,” he said.

One firefighter was injured and was taken to Bridgeport Hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known, however.

Units from the Fairfield Fire Dept. were called in to cover for the units occupied on Knowlton St. The state Dept. of Environment Protection was called in to assess the situation, too, Morton said.

With charged hose lines snaking throughout the neighborhood, several streets were blocked off including a portion of East Washington Avenue, a vital east-west artery since the Congress Street Bridge was closed in January 1999. This upended bus routes and delayed people on their way to work.

A portion of Crescent Avenue was also blocked off.

John Burgeson