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Update: Fire In Old Ansonia Factory
by Eugene Driscoll | Apr 28, 2011 7:11 am
Posted to: Ansonia
Wednesday’s fire in roof of an old factory building is thought to have been caused by a sagging electrical line.
There were no injuries.
Ansonia Fire Department Assistant Chief Michael Eheman said firefighters were sent to a building inside the Farrel complex off Main Street being leased by Diversified Electric at 12:35 p.m. after receiving a report of smoke inside the building.
Diversified Electric uses the space for storage. Two employees had entered the building to get supplies when they smelled smoke.
“They backed out and called us,” Eheman said.
The fire burned an area on the roof measuring about 100 feet by 150 feet.
An electrical line had been resting on a roof rafter, firefighters believe. It took firefighters. It took some time to get water on the flames due to the building’s massive size — and firefighters had to make sure electricity to the complex was shut off.
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As 1:47 p.m., firefighters indicated they had the majority of the flames knocked down.
Main Street was closed throughout downtown Ansonia. Metro-North train service was shut down because firefighters had to run hoses across the railroad tracks behind the building.
Fire departments on scene include Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Woodbridge. Orange was brought in to cover any Derby fire calls.
Employees from the Farrel building next door were cleared from their building. Metro-North service had been shut down for a short time.
At the same time of the factory fire, Ansonia was sent to a report of a fire in Burger King on Pershing Drive. That fire was minor, firefighters said.
As many Ansonia residents and non residents have made opinion to all of these prior owned and owned Farrel buildings via numerous media blogs you and I have read over the years:
These debilitating buildings encompassing every visual aspect of ANSONIA’s economic depressing image, must be leveled by way of creative thinking and use of government program intervention immediately. If not during these economic times then at first light of improved economic times. It is obvious OSHA would have a bigger party at the buildings stretching from Liberty Street south to the ATP building on East Main Street with a fine that would certainly put a spark in Ansonia’s economic improvement budget. The other Party is presently being run by the rats I see them crawling when I drive along the walls of those old ruins
One can only ask….who is overseeing these Economic visual conditions in Ansonia or more importantly who is overseeing the official Economic Development department in that town? Is that department at sleep? I am only seeing heads moving back and forth (horizontally) as people drive by this south-Bronx-style gateway representing the entrance into Ansonia’s economic business district. One must take care of the obvious above and beyond a registered business questionnaire when large crumbling objects are laying on your doorstep preventing you to open your own door.
Yes… Lets rip down all those buildings and get rid of what few jobs are left and the highest taxpayers in Ansonia.
Claude Perry is in charge of economic development in Ansonia but I am sure you already knew that.
To Cage: This was a storage facility for this company. No work or any productive means of work have been done to this facility since this company took it over. I have walked down through the access road that goes between the Farrel’s and this building and peered my head in once. Nothing but a run down building full of storage. Ansonia is getting no benefitsfrom employees working there or anything. They all work at their site in Seymour.
My thought: Think about the possibilities available if this eyesore was bought, torn down, and made into a business center or commercial center for small stores. I agree with JrShor-Tel on the fact that this town has such a depressing and economically destitute vision. I don’t mind Farrel’s working there at all. They keep their employees working here in Ansonia; which is great. However, a building that is not being kept up with and is certifiably a hazard to be even around is something not to take lightly.
You can see this building falling apart. Just how long before something collapses or catches fire and (god forbid) a worker or passerby gets injured or killed.
All I know is that if this company that owns this building is not taking care of it properly then something should happen. Otherwise sell this property and let a developer use it to bring some prosperity to Ansonia.
I have personally been in all of that complex there on several occasions with access to all but very few buildings.
The buildings look worse than thery are but then again I am not structural engineer.
Upon your inspection of the tiny alley you must have missed the other 900,000 sqft of that place.
It does not matter what it is being used for, I would rather have the 70+ people who work in that complex of buildings have a job than be standing in the unemployment line.
I would much rather have tax money from the number 1 and number 4 taxpayers in Ansonia to go toward important things like schools and paying the salaries for the Police in town.
There is way to much contamination in those buildings for it to be a smart enough investment to put anything else down there. You could not give those places away. There are people down there now who are in the process of cleaning the place out but the size of the place will make that a long project.
The alley way down towards the track is Farrel’s on the left, storage facility on the right. Until you pass over the rails. Everything to the right is owned by this company and is not being used as a functional operating site. Just storage. Yes, keep the buildings that Farrell’s still operates in functional. Im only referencing the one that caught fire.