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Firefighters battling major fire at Clarke Industrial Park in Bethel

May 19, 2019

BETHEL — Firefighters from throughout southwestern Connecticut rushed to the scene Sunday afternoon of a fire in Francis J. Clarke Industrial Park.

The fire was reported in the early afternoon at the complex on Francis J. Clarke Circle, according to police.

Mutual aid from Danbury, Brookfield, Weston, Trumbull, Shelton, Roxbury, Redding and Monroe are at the scene, helping Bethel crews battle the blaze.

Firefighters set up a portable pond for tankers to refill with water.

Police said there are no reports of any injuries, though that won’t be confirmed until officials can get into the building once the fire is out.

“The initial assessment is that it appears nobody was in the building,” Capt. Stephen Pugner said.

Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said two businesses are affected, and one may be a printer business at the industrial park.

Bethel fire crews have had a busy Sunday. Around 1 p.m., just as the fire at the industrial park was coming in, there was a fire at Bethel Middle School.

Knickerbocker said it was not as severe as the ongoing one at Clarke Park. The sprinkler system kept the fire contained to the custodian storage area, he said. The school will be closed Monday.

Other schools in town will be open, as scheduled, according to a post on the Bethel school district’s Facebook page.

“Clean up operations will begin soon but we are in the process of evaluating the impact of the fire on the electrical panels,” the district said in the message.

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