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Fire destroys warehouse in Blasdell

Some 70 firefighters responded to the scene of an overnight blaze that destroyed a warehouse on Lake Avenue in Blasdell.

Fire officials said the fire began around 3 a.m. and firefighters from 13 local departments responded to the scene. The warehouse was fully engulfed in flames. It is on an industrial site on Lake Avenue with other warehouses and the flames did not spread to other buildings.

Blasdell Assistant Fire Chief Lenny Fusco said the blaze, in a warehouse used to store pallets, was most likely an electrical fire. The cause is still under investigation.

“It took a couple hours to get out,” Fusco said. “It was a big fire.”

No firefighters had to enter the buliding, Fusco said. About 10 of them battled the flames from the outside. It took about two hours to get the flames under control.

Around 6 a.m., a construction company came in to demolish the building. While workers were taking down the walls, firefighters poured more water into the building.

All that remains of the building is parts of a decrepit brick wall from the front of the warehouse.

There are no public hydrants on the industrial site, so firefighters had to connect hoses to two water hydrants off site – one a half mile away on Milestrip Road and another a quarter mile away on Lake Avenue. The Brant Volunteer Fire Department also brought two tanks of water.

Around 7 a.m., there was still smoke coming from the site. Firefighters spotted a small flame near the north end and poured water on it.

Firefighters from departments including Hamburg, Brant Volunteer, North Evans and Scranton helped assist Blasdell.