QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – A massive, early-morning fire in Queensbury has resulted in the complete loss of two SCA Tissue warehouses.
A fire, originating in one of the warehouses, spread to the second warehouse and has continued to prove difficult for fire-fighters to extinguish.
"The first half of the warehouse was fully involved worked its way into the second half," said Michael Gordon, Fire Chief of West Glens Falls
The contents of the warehouse, a large portion of which is paper-based, have been catching and spreading the flames continually from around 2:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
More than ten fire companies worked together from one staging site. They worked from up high and on the ground putting out hot spots popping up from thick clouds of smoke as water poured onto pounds and pounds of paper product.
"It's pretty much just doing a lot of overhauling. We got to get the sides off the building and get the fire out so they can get in and investigate what happened," said Gordon.
Both SCA Tissue warehouses are total losses, according to the fire department. There are, however, no reported injuries, but the fire has been hard to battle.
"We have hoses freezing up, lines freezing up. You have to switch your man power out. Trucks freezing up. Those are major concerns for a major fire like this," said Gordon.
SCA Tissue is a company that develops and produces personal care products, diapers, facial tissues, publication papers and solid-wood products, according to the company website.
The warehouses were being used to store the recycled fiber SCA uses in the manufacturing of towel and tissue products, according to Amy Bellcourt, Vice President of Communications for SCA Tissue.
Bellcourt also said that no SCA employees were on-site and no one was injured in the fire. The fire is not expected to affect production or delivery of products.
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