A truck holding metal and plastic for recycling caught fire early Monday, with the blaze visible from Interstate 95 nearby.

Assistant Chief Christopher Tracy said the fire at 32 Webster St. was extinguished fairly quickly, but at its height it burned so brightly that it was difficult to see whether any other property was affected.

"The cab was completely gone and the front tires and a portion of the undercarriage were also burning," Tracy said. "The call had come in initially as a house fire and we got multiple calls on it. But we had it out in 15 or 20 minutes and it never spread to the adjacent houses or to the Dumpster."

The fire erupted about 4 a.m., officials said, and firefighters returned about four hours later when callers erroneously reported that it had restarted. Reports were cause by steam from the water poured on the engine block, officials said.

The site is near Porsche of Fairfield and the Bridgeport border, off Commerce Drive.