Grand Island Fire Company crews used a dry chemical extinguisher to suppress a chemical fire in a lab at the Isle Chem Research and Development complex at 2801 Long Road Friday afternoon.
The fast action by firemen saved the building from structural damage. There was $20,000 damage to material and equipment in the second floor lab.
Five fire engines and a ladder truck were sent to the scene about 2:24 p.m.
Incident commander Dan Mathes and Investigator Chuck Berlinger, who led firefighters into the building, said the fire apparently was caused by the accidental ignition of pyrophoric metallic compound left under an exhaust hood. No one was injured.
A Brighton Haz Mat team and a Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Department crew were called to the scene and a City of Tonawanda fire crew was on standby at Grand Island fire headquarters.