A century-old building that once housed Stone Construction Equipment has been demolished after a fire ripped through the 3½-story structure.
Firefighters from more than a dozen fire departments were called to the site in the town of Richmond, NY, just before 4 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, according to Ontario County emergency dispatchers.
Four hours later, the blaze was contained, but not controlled, as firefighters continued to battle hot spots in the crumbling building, said Richmond Honeoye Fire Chief Bernie McGory. The fire was controlled by mid-morning.
The fire heavily damaged the vacant building, but no injuries were reported.
McGory said he could see flames shooting “above the treeline in town” when he exited his house to head to the scene early Thursday. He said he lived a half-mile from the former business.
Flames were rising from all floors, McGory said. Fire officials did not send firefighters inside the structure.
“It’s what they call a ‘surround and drown’ fire,” McGory said. “There’s nothing they could do with it.”