Smoke from fire seen for miles

June 13, 2008 11:35:14 AM PDT
A massive fire at a Colchester auto recycling business on Friday injured two people and sent a plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles, state police said. State police Sgt. Shane Hassett told WFSB-TV that the victims' injuries, mostly to their arms and legs, were not life-threatening.

Smoke from the fire could be seen more than 25 miles away in Hartford. Dozens of fire departments from New London, Windham and Hartford counties responded to the blaze at M&J Recycling and the M&J Bus company on Route 85 is near the Salem line.

Colchester First Selectman Linda Hodge said the fire was in the recycling area of the property, which contains numerous scrapped vehicles.

Fire officials said there were about 100,000 gallons of gasoline mixed with diesel fuel at the site. Hassett said tires at the scene could be smoldering for a couple days.

Afternoon kindergarten in Colchester was canceled because of the fire and a section of Route 85 near the scene was closed to traffic.