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Massive fire at Conn. warehouse leads to environmental damage

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A massive fire at a warehouse that houses a roofing company and perfume-recycling company in Bridgeport has forced evacuations of residents, cut electrical power and led to pollution and a ban on fishing in the Long Island Sound.

Connecticut environmental officials said Friday morning they have temporarily closed fishing areas in Bridgeport Harbor and on the Sound from Norwalk to Milford. The U.S. Coast Guard said it will help enforce the shutdown and examine the extent of the pollution.

Environmental officials said they found a large amount of red foam from a local waterway.

Fire officials said the blaze was reported before 7 p.m. Thursday and continued to burn hours later.

No serious injuries were reported. Two firefighters were treated for heat-related illness.

Power was cut from about 1,500 homes as a precaution.

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