Acme Mill Fire Advisory Lifted

(Killingly) - Update from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP): DEEP and state and local health officials have determined that, based on air testing at the site of the Acme Mill fire on Bailey Hill Road in Killingly, there is no longer an air quality health risk. Earlier today, officials had advised nearby residents to stay indoors. That advisory has been lifted.

DEEP’s Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Unit responded to two fires early Saturday morning, March 30, 2019, at vacant mill sites, one in Killingly and one in Willimantic.

The CT DEEP Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division, CT Department of Public Health, Northeast District Department of Health, US EPA, and contractors worked with local responders to assess the threat to public health and impact to the environment.

Asbestos has been identified in roofing materials at both sites. Debris from the Killingly fire was deposited on surrounding downwind properties. DEEP is mapping the debris field and environmental contractors will remove the materials in the coming days. Killingly residents who are concerned about fire debris on their property are asked to call the local debris hotline at 860-774-7555. Residents may also refer to the "Asbestos & Structure Fires" fact sheet from the CT Department of Public Health