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Crews battle fire in Hamden auto body shop

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Courtesy of Hamden Fire Dept. via Twitter Courtesy of Hamden Fire Dept. via Twitter
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HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Crews in Hamden spent several hours early Friday morning battling a 2-alarm blaze at an auto body shop on State Street.

Crews responded to the building at 2965 State St. around 1 a.m. to fire smoke and flames filling the building.

The fire chief said when they arrived the roof of the building, which houses an auto body shop, had already collapsed.

"We never know what's in this type of building, could be propane tanks, could be fuel tanks," said Chief David Berardesca of the Hamden Fire Department. "That's one of the reasons we decided to fight from the exterior. We had no issues with surrounding buildings. We had run off, we did call DEEP because we had some run off because of the heavy water use."

Several cars were inside the building at the time and also caught fire, according to the fire chief.

There is no word on if anyone was inside the building at the time of the fire.

Several firefighters along with the State Fire Marshal remain on scene making sure hotspots are out and attempting to determine the cause of the blaze.

Additional, officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection were called because of the concern that water mixed with chemicals could runoff into the nearby Quinnipiac River.

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