Chemical fire reported out, residents may resume normal activities
UPDATE -- GHENT, N.Y. -The State of Emergency in Columbia County has been lifted, per the County Board of Supervisors.
The Columbia County Emergency Management Office also says the previous 15 mile advisory has be rescinded and residents may resume normal activities.
Results of air samples in the area of the TCI Inc. industrial fire on Route 9H in the Town of Ghent returned negative for PCB's, the Columbia County Emergency Management Office report Thursday afternoon.
The tests are being conducted by State Officials and US Environmental Protection Agency. Additional tests are being conducted and those results are expected Friday, officials say.
If wiping soot off with damp rags, residents should be placed in a plastic bag and wait further information on what to do with them.
The fire is reportedly out at this time and Route 9H has been reopened to normal traffic.
People within a 15 mile radius of the fire at TCI of New York on 9H in West Ghent were asked to remain indoors Thursday morning because of potential exposure to contaminants from the fire.
A State of Emergency went into effect in Columbia County, due to an industrial fire at TCI Incorporated, on Falls Industrial Park Road, off of Route 9H in the Town of Ghent.
Several fire departments worked to battle an industrial fire at TCI Incorporated, a transformer recycling company on Falls Industrial Park Road in Ghent, Wednesday around 10:30 p.m.
A Hazmat Fire press conference will be held by state and local officials at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss the NYS agencies and Columbia County Emergency Management Office responding to hazardous materials fire at TCI Incorporated. Officials are to discuss response efforts, health concerns, and safety tips for residents.
According to their website, TCI provides "environmentally safe disposal of oil filled and drained electrical equipment."
The West Ghent Volunteer Fire Company reported on their Facebook page that they were fighting the blaze with the help of fire departments out of Claverack, Ghent, Stockport, Stottville, and Stuyvesant Falls. Units from Livingston and Niverville were also requested to the scene, they posted.
Rensselaer County Emergency Management Officials also issued a chemical hazard alert Thursday for the area around TCI Inc.
County Health Department Officials add that if anyone in the area experiences symptoms such as eye irritation, difficulty breathing, choking or coughing to seek medical attention. If you have soot in or on your house or vehicles, do not come into contact with it until further notice.
The Rensselaer County Schodack Area Senior Services Center is closed Thursday due to the fire in Ghent.
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