DANBURY — Firefighters spent several hours at Commerce Park Monday after a fire broke out inside an industrial tank.

Officials said the fire erupted around 7 a.m. inside an exterior “scrubbing” tank at Bedoukian Research on Finance Drive. The company makes perfumes and other scents.

The scrubbing tank was filled with carbon, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Omasta.

He said there are three scrubbing tanks at the industrial site but only one caught fire. The fire was contained inside the tank and firefighters used water to keep the tank cool. Opening the tank and providing oxygen to the fire could make the situation much worse, Omasta said, adding that while some water has been poured into the tank, the device is not made to hold water.

“We don’t want to put any more water into the tank because we don’t know how much it can hold before failing,” he said. “There is a speciality cleaning company that is coming by this afternoon with a vacuum truck that can pull the water out of the tank.”

Omasta stressed that they have taken air samples from the area and there is no danger to the community. Both Finance Drive and Augusta Drive were closed to traffic as a result of the incident, which restricted access to some other businesses in the park.

Joseph Bania, regulatory affairs officer at Bedoukian Research, confirmed that there was no danger to the public as a result of the incident. The fire started inside the tank after it overheated, he said.

Commerce Park was one of the first industrial centers developed in the city after the hatting industry began to decline in the 1960s.

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