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Generator fire at factory causes $40,000 damage

A roof fire early Thursday at a building housing two generators at a Grand Island factory left an estimated $40,000 damage, mostly to the roof itself, Grand Island fire officials said.

Grand Island volunteer firefighters responded to a 4:25 a.m. alarm at Astellas Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, 3125 Staley Road.

An overheating problem in the building's exhaust system sparked the blaze, following extensive testing of the generators Wednesday, Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher said.


Buffalo man indicted on weapons charge

A South Buffalo man has been indicted on a federal weapons charge that could bring a maximum of 10 years in prison.

A federal grand jury indicted Brian D. McCoy, 47, on a single count of possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn.

McCoy, who had previously been convicted of a felony, recently was arrested in a domestic dispute at his Aldrich Place home, where officers found a Colt semiautomatic rifle hidden under the mattress of a bed in an upstairs bedroom, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jorge S. de Rosas. Seventeen other weapons were found in a trailer on the property.

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