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Petroleum Spills Into River During Connecticut Scrapyard Fire

Authorities and firefighters contained a fire that engulfed a scrapyard in Waterbury on Thursday after state environmental officials informed that petroleum has entered the Naugatuck River.

According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), the fire was reported at Albert Brothers Scrapyard on East Aurora Street on Thursday morning.

In a statement, the state environmental officials said it responded to the fire together with Connecticut National Guard Civil Support Team and other local authorities.

“The cause of the fire is petroleum-based, and petroleum has impacted the Naugatuck River,” DEEP said in a statement.

Officials said the scrapyard fire has been contained and no nearby buildings were in danger. No injuries were also reported.

According to Will Healey, a spokesperson for the state environmental agency, the petroleum came from the plastics that got burned together with other burning materials and “any incidental runoff from the property.”

“Booms are being deployed by DEEP personnel to contain runoff,” DEEP said in a statement. “We are directing the property owner to hire a contractor to run samples of the impacted water for volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, and metals.”

While authorities said the extent of any potential water pollution was not immediately, Jeff Chandler, supervisor of the DEEP’s emergency response unit, confirmed that the spill would not affect drinking water supplies.

“The city of Waterbury receives water out of the municipal water system, which is not at all associated with the Naugatuck River,” he said.

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