Business seriously damaged in late night fire

Updated: 02/08/2014 6:36 PM
Created: 02/08/2014 10:09 AM WHEC.com

Firefighters were out late Friday night to battle a fire at a business in Gates.

The Gates Fire Department tells News10NBC they were called to the 900 block of Buffalo Road just after 11:30 p.m. for a report of a building fire.

When they arrived, Gates Fire Chief Jim Harrington says crews found heavy fire conditions in a garage at the back of the building. Chief Harrington says the fire also extended from that garage into the attic and into the front portion of the building.

Chief Harrington says crews were able to fight the fire back on the front side, so it didn't completely destroy the office area. But the backside of the building did have extensive damage.

The extent of the damage to the rear of the building was so severe that firefighters were worried about a potential collapse.

"Around the back, the wall is burnt right through. We're concerned with some structural integrity and a potential collapse. So we have established collapse zones on what we call the Charlie side, the rear end of the building," says Chief Harrington. "We're trying to keep our guys out of harm's way and using hose streams to reach and knock down the remainder of the fire"

The cold temperatures also caused problems for firefighters.

Chief Harrington says, "We got firefighters that are extremely wet that about to start ice up. With water not moving, there's potential for fire hydrants to freeze up and fire hoses to freeze up. Just keeping packed up and getting back into service is going to be labor intensive to get that done any everything."

It took firefighters about an hour and a half to get the fire under control.

A sign in front of the building says it belongs to UpState Metrology Incorporated, a business that specializes in calibration and testing service company.

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