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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s governor has partially activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center to monitor smoke from a large fire in upstate New York.

The fire has engulfed a transformer recycling company in Ghent and officials are advising residents within a 15-mile radius to remain indoors with windows closed. Police say it is unclear what is burning and tests are being conducted to determine if the debris is hazardous.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Thursday that state officials will monitor conditions and advise the public if protective actions are needed locally.

Officials in western Massachusetts urged residents to stay indoors in the largely rural area as a precaution because the smoky plume is tracking eastward.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Gov. Andrew Cuomo has mobilized state agencies to help fight a fire involving sodium, diesel fuel, propane and mineral oil at a disposal facility 25 miles south of Albany.

So far, 40 homes have been evacuated in a one-mile radius and environmental officials are analyzing ash and the air to determine if there’s a threat.

The fire at TCI Inc. at an industrial park in the town of Ghent began Wednesday night.

The company disposes of electrical equipment.

Several fire departments have responded and the state has provided truck to pour foam on the blaze.

Residents within 15 miles of the smoky plume tracking eastward toward Massachusetts are asked to remain indoors, close windows and shut off air conditioners.

Anyone experiencing eye irritation or difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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