ALBION, N.Y. (WIVB) - At least nine fire companies were called to battle a major fire at a factory building on West Avenue in Albion in Orleans County.
The owner of the Orleans Pallet Co. and another person were on the second floor of the building Thursday running a grinder on a pipe when a spark started the enormous blaze. Both made it out safely and later the roof and the second floor collapsed.
As the flames grew, fire crews worried they would spread to Empire Coating, Inc., an adjacent building that houses chemicals. Authorities went door-to-door to tell residents to shelter in place by staying inside and keeping all doors and windows closed.
Albion Chief of Police Ronald Nenni said, "There was initial concern of the building to the East, which is Empire Coating, which houses several types of chemicals. And originally the fire was extending toward that building so the order was given to shelter in place to about a half mile, which is most of the Village of Albion. So what we did is advised the pedestrians and the civilians in the area to go home and to stay home and to close their windows and doors."
But thankfully, the blaze was contained. Fire crews say they are still concerned the walls of Empire Coating, Inc. could collapse and that the Orleans Pallet Co. building could come down.
Crews remained on scene until around 4 a.m., putting out hotspots. But shortly after leaving, firefighters were called back to the scene when flames flared up again.
The fire has now been extinguished and is no longer considered a threat.
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