Fertilizer-Fueled Fire Destroys Storage Building

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 @ 01:03 PM gHale

A Wyoming County, NY, storage building connected to a fertilizer company sustained an estimated $1.25 million in damage following an explosive fire early Saturday morning, officials said.

Firefighters arrived at 4608 School Road in the Town of Gainesville, NY, at 12:45 a.m. to find the 110-by-56-foot storage facility “totally engulfed in flames with multiple explosions taking place,” which sent projectiles through the air, endangering firefighters, according to Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services.

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Due to the dangerous situation involving explosives, combined with the nature of the contents in the building, officials said the decision was made to have firefighters protect all exposures and let the building burn. As a result, companies were on the scene for 17 hours, officials said.

No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation, officials said. One nearby home ended up evacuated as a precaution.

The building is owned by Growmark FS, a retail fertilizer company, and contained agricultural seed and plant nutrients sold to the local farming community, officials said.

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