LOCKPORT - The arson fire that burned for three days in August at HTI Recycling caused $5.25 million in damages, $250,000 to the building and $5 million for the equipment and inventory, according to Lockport Fire Chief Patrick K. Brady.
The $5 million was based on the replacement cost for the recycling equipment and estimates by the company of the value of the ground rubber burned in the blaze, Brady said.
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross announced that Lockport’s Grigg-Lewis Foundation has reimbursed it $7,000 for expenses incurred by the local Red Cross chapter during the massive blaze.
The Red Cross opened a shelter at North Park Junior High School after residents near the fire scene were ordered to evacuate their homes. Nine people registered there, and the Red Cross served 389 meals and snacks and distributed 3,456 cleanup and comfort kits to affected residents. Nine Red Cross employees and 36 volunteers took part in those efforts.