ALBION, N.Y. — Around 4 p.m. Thursday, the 911 center received multiple calls reporting a fire on West Avenue at the Orleans Pallet Company.
When fire crews arrived, they saw flames shooting from the building and additional fire companies were called in to assist.
Albion Police Chief Ronald Nenni said the fire started on the second floor. The building is used primarily for storage.
The chief said crews were working on the second floor, and a spark from someone using a grinder to cut some old piping started the fire.
Initially, residents were asked to remain inside their homes with windows and doors closed.
Firefighters used water from the canal to fight the fire. The chief said with a fire this size, they needed as much water as possible.
He believes no one was hurt but says while the fire is under control the building has been compromised.
There was concern about chemicals in a nearby building. Nenni said they have been removed.
Nenni said firefighters will continue to work on the building for the rest of the night and portions of the building could be taken down by the early morning. He says for the time being, streets will remain closed.
A Medina man just left the Auto Zone store when he saw flames coming from the commercial building.
Chris Marquardt pulled over and took video with his phone. He says people in the area lined the streets around the building, concerned that the fire would spread.
"I pulled over in the parking lot and I sat there and I watched and a few minutes later, a few flames came out and gradually the smoke got bigger and the flames got bigger and pretty soon it engulfed the building, out every window and engulfed the roof in flames," Marquardt said.
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