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Milford factory evacuated after fire hits roof

August 24, 2016 GMT

MILFORD — A Milford factory and drill distributor was evactuated Wednesday morning after flames shot through the roof of the Post Road business.

No one was injured, by the company’s workers were forced to evacuate the building and wait outside for more than an hour.

John Hall, the owner of Drillmasters-El Dorado Tool at 326 Boston Post Road, said roof repairs were undertaken on Tuesday. After workers left Tuesday, some reported a “funny smell” around the building.

On Wednesday, the smell persisted. One worker then went on the roof and found a hot spot on the roof. “The worker cut a hole in the roof and the flames came out,” Hall said.

Milford firefighters then arrived on the scene and proceded to open up more of the the roof to vent flames and smoke from the one-story building.

The one-alarm fire broke out after 8 a.m. Nearly 90 minutes later, Milford firefighters remained on the scene. Firefighters used thermal imaging equipment to make sure there are no hot spots.

Part of the Post Road at Plains Road was closed, but reopened at 9:04 a.m.

Drillmasters-El Dorado Tool at 326 Boston Post Road, has been evacuated. The company is one of the largest supplier and manufacturer of deep hole drilling tools, fixtures, and accessories in the world.

Although recall was at 8:46 a.m., firefighters remained on the scene.

In 2002, Drill Masters, based in Hamden purchased El Dorado Tool. The company employs about 100 people, and manufactures and distributors large drills to the construction industry.

West Haven fire department units are providing mutual aid at the scene.

Representatives of the city building department and fire marshal’s office are also heading to the scene.