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Fire damage estimated at $500,000 to Grand Island chemical facility

Damage from a fire that engulfed three  laboratories  Saturday afternoon at  IsleChem Business Center, 2801 Long Road, Grand Island, caused $500,000 in total damages, fire officials said.,

Grand Island Fire Company crews were alerted to the blaze at 12:27 p.m. and arrived on the scene within 10  minutes, according to Ray Pauley, spokesman for the company. No employees were on the premises at the time, he added.

Though hazardous chemicals were a concern, winds were blowing away from any homes,  Pauley said.

A second alarm was issued after  firefighters became exhausted before the fire was brought under control about 1:47 p.m., Pauley said. Fire crews remained at the scene until about 4:30 p.m.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries but  did not require hospitalization, he added.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage to the building was estimated $250,000, with the same total  for contents..

Erie County Emergency Services, Brighton Fire Company Hazmat and other local fire companies assisted, with Erie County Sheriff's deputies directing traffic near the scene. Grand Island Fire Chief Chris Soluri directed operations.

Fire crews work on a fire at IsleChem on Grand Island Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)


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