Firefighters battle fire at former Cooper Energy facility in Springfield

Fire breaks out at former Cooper Energy facility in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Firefighters reported heavy smoke was pouring from a building at the former Cooper Energy facility on Sheridan Avenue in Springfield Tuesday morning.

Crews were dispatched to the building at 1401 Sheridan Avenue around 11 a.m. The facility has been the site of several fires, including at least three in 2019.

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Springfield Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Smith said today’s fire appears to have several points of origin and could possibly be suspicious. He said the building is in the process of being torn down, and contractors have found people inside on several occasions.

No injuries have been initially reported.

We have a crew on the scene and we’ll update this story as we learn more.