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Lajoies To Meet With Norwalk, State After Fire

NORWALK, Conn. – Recurring problems at the site of an intense fire in South Norwalk on Wednesday have prompted Mayor Richard Moccia to call for a meeting.

Representatives from Lajoies Auto Wrecking and Scrap Recycling will be at City Hall on Wednesday to meet with Moccia, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, Health Director Tim Callahan, representatives of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Connecticut Tank Removal, an environmental cleanup contractor.

The fire at Lajoies, located at 40 Meadow St., destroyed the business's shredder machine and control room and produced a dramatic column of smoke. Some South Norwalk residents scrambled to check the water in Village Creek and expressed concern about the possibility of toxic chemicals in the air.

"I am concerned about the reoccurring incidents at the site and the impact on the surrounding neighborhood," Moccia said in a statement. "It is critical that Lajoies resolve operational conditions for the health and safety of its employees, the neighborhood and the first responders."

Moccia said Lajoies has been responsive to the city's concerns and is willing to address the issues that confront their operations. "We look forward to developing practical, permanent solutions," the mayor said in the statement.

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