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UPDATE: A four-alarm factory fire on Boston Ave. engulfed a building that contains a roofing company and a perfume recycling factory, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch told FOX-CT. Large plastic barrels of perfume led to the reported "fireballs" that seemingly exploded "like bombs," Finch said. Norwalk Hazmat is on the scene assisting.

DEEP officials say they deployed booms into the Yellow Mill River to capture runoff and chemicals from the fire.

Several homes in the area are being evacuated at this point, and there is also a strong southeasterly wind so it is advised that residents who live south of Bridgeport Hospital and Seaview Avenue that close their windows.

Mayor Finch said some firefighters were treated for heat and exhaustion, but there are no serious injuries and no deaths. He also said the fire is strange, and unique, because it is "nice smelling" due to the perfume.

The American Red Cross is providing beverages and snacks at the evacuation shelter, which is being set up in St. Ambrose Church, located at 1596 Boston Ave. in Bridgeport.

According to Bridgeport Police, the fire is located at 2102 Seaview Ave. The fire was first reported at 6:48 p.m., and Stratford and Fairfield Fire Departments responded as mutual aid.

Power is out to 133 Bridgeport residents, according to United Illuminating, the electricity provider in the area.

The American Red Cross is providing drinks and snacks to emergency responders at the scene.

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