Energy Firm Fire Destroys Building, Vehicles

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 02:02 PM gHale

The remains of a garage and pole barn and vehicles at Bigelow’s Energy in Fort Edward, NY.
Source: Don Lehman, Post Star

A garage/pole barn at Bigelow’s Energy Service in Fort Edward, NY, and four vehicles were destroyed by fire early Monday.

The blaze was reported shortly after 2 a.m. at the business on 2487 Route 4, south of the village of Fort Edward near the county Route 46 intersection. A Washington County Sheriff’s Office patrol that was first to arrive reported flames through the building’s roof.

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No injuries were reported, but an oil truck, van and two other vehicles that were inside the building were destroyed.

The business sells propane, kerosene and oil. Washington County dispatchers reported some explosions were noted by neighbors, but the business’ main fuel tanks behind the building were not involved in the fire. The company’s office next door also was not affected.

Tyler Couse, whose family operates the business, said the oil truck was empty, but its steel tank melted from the heat of the blaze.

He said the company will still be able to do business with its remaining vehicles. The heat went out the front of the building, so the tanks behind were not affected.

“The trucks are out doing deliveries right now,” Couse said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday morning, but officials believed it may have stemmed from an electrical problem in one of the vehicles.



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