BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut – A three-alarm fire and subsequent explosions at the Tradebe Facility in Bridgeport last week prompted a lengthy investigation, with officials indicating that the incident does not appear to be criminal in nature. While the cause of the fire is still under scrutiny, fishing in the area remains prohibited as water testing continues.
The incident, which occurred on Bishop Avenue, East Avenue Cross Street of Bridgeport, resulted in one person being burned and two others suffering from smoke inhalation. While one individual was admitted to Bridgeport Hospital, the other two were discharged.
Bridgeport Police took measures to evacuate a two-block radius, close roads, and advise residents to shelter in place, while Bridgeport Public Health recommended wearing masks to prevent smoke exposure and staying indoors.
Following the initial response, it was determined that a delivery of approximately 4,000 gallons of a low-grade oxidizer may have been a contributing factor to the explosion. The situation was eventually brought under control, allowing residents and businesses to return after air quality assessment deemed the area safe.
As the investigation by the Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit continues, fishing in the nearby brook and Johnson Creek remains prohibited. The progress on cleaning up the site is ongoing, with Tradebe demonstrating cooperation throughout the process.
City officials are working collaboratively with Tradebe and other facilities that handle chemicals within Bridgeport to improve neighborhood notifications and awareness.
As the investigation unfolds, it is anticipated that more water samples will be taken before deeming the area safe for fishing once again. The city continues to take precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents following this unfortunate incident.