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Bridgeport firefighters battle massive blaze at abandoned factory building

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Fire reported at the former Remington Factory building in Bridgeport on Tuesday morning. (CT DOT Photo) Fire reported at the former Remington Factory building in Bridgeport on Tuesday morning. (CT DOT Photo)
Firefighters are battling a fire at the vacant Remington Factory building in Bridgeport on Tuesday morning. (iWitness Photo) Firefighters are battling a fire at the vacant Remington Factory building in Bridgeport on Tuesday morning. (iWitness Photo)
Smoke could be seen for miles after a fire at the abandoned Remington Factory building in Bridgeport on Tuesday morning. (WFSB Photo) Smoke could be seen for miles after a fire at the abandoned Remington Factory building in Bridgeport on Tuesday morning. (WFSB Photo)
BRIDGEPORT, CT (WFSB) -

Firefighters battled a massive blaze at an old vacant industrial building in Bridgeport on Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported at the former Remington Factory building on Barnum Avenue around 11:30 a.m., which is no stranger to fires and has been closed since the mid-1980's.

The fire reached from the old corporate offices of the building, to the factory portion of the building.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury while working a piece of equipment, authorities said. 

Authorities told Eyewitness News it was difficult fighting the blaze because the building is so old and beat up.  

While this fire was happening, another fire broke out across the street at an apartment building, where families were forced out of their homes.

"We lost everything, we lost everything," said Jose Diaz, who lived in the apartment building with his family.

This was not the first fire at the abandoned factory. There was a fire at the Remington Arms factory in Bridgeport on Aug. 4, 2012. A large fire burned for a week at the same place in 2010. Another fire was also reported there in 2008.  

Sections of the building where fires have occurred previously have been torn down, according to authorities. 

Firefighters said they plan to be at the factory building through the night to make sure the fire is completely out. The challenge is that they don't want to go inside of the building because it is old and falling apart, so it is hard to get all of the hot spots.

The cause of the fires remain under investigation. The American Red Cross said five families were displaced from the apartment building fire, including six adults and four children.

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