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Loss put at $1 million in Newstead commercial building fire

A large commercial building in Newstead was destroyed by fire Thursday morning, resulting in an estimated $1 million in damage, authorities said.

At least eight volunteer fire companies were called to 5735 Davison Road at 5:43 a.m. for a report of fire in the building, which measures 20 feet by 200 feet.

The building has 11 bays and houses multiple businesses, including a janitorial service, paving company, a snowmobile parts and service business and storage for racing cars, fire officials said. Several parked vehicles were also destroyed.

The site includes several buildings, and the fire was in the largest building farthest from the road, said Nancy Meyer, a neighbor who lives across the street.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire and a couple of propane tanks exploded at the property during the fire, said Garret Cleversley, first assistant chief for Newstead Volunteer Fire Co.

Meyer, who said she’s lived across the street for 12 years, said this is the second fire at the building.

The building sustained $500,000 in damage from a fire in March 2005. At the time, the building was said to house six businesses in 23 bays.

Currently, other buildings include auto repair, welding and cleaning supply businesses. Some are leased seasonally and include a landscaping company, Meyer said.

One business listed at the address is TAV Enterprises.

Davison Road was closed in both directions between Clarence Center and Howe roads, according to the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

News Photographer John Hickey contributed to this report.