Fire breaks out at abandoned factory in Norwich, officials say

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The Norwich Fire Service said the abandoned Capehart factory was completely engulfed in flames when they arrived late Wednesday evening.

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NORWICH — Authorities are investigating after a fire broke out at the abandoned Capehart factory in the Greenville section of the city.

The city’s emergency dispatch center began receiving 911 calls for a structure fire at the plant along the Shetucket River around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Norwich Fire Services and others responded to the scene where they found the “vacant building entirely engulfed in flames”, police said.

The city’s fire marshal and police responded with public works, utilities and the city’s building department, police said.

Firefighters said the blaze was brought under control just over an hour after units arrived and was considered under control after two hours.

The Office of the Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

This is not the first time the historic complex has caught fire. In 2010, fires were started in several places at the factory, causing fires to burn for three days, the Norwich Bulletin reported.