Posted at: 09/20/2012 8:36 AM
| Updated at: 09/21/2012 2:01 AM
COHOES - 40 long time Shelter Enterprises Inc. employees are now out of work after large fire at a manufacturing plant in Cohoes.
The fire broke out at about 1 a.m. Thursday at 8 Saratoga St. Firefighters were on the scene overnight Thursday and spent the whole day fighting stubborn hot spots in the huge mound of debris. A demolition crew was expected to be on the scene overnight Friday.
The building houses Shelter Enterprises, a company that makes packaging products.
Firefighters think it was an electrical fire that then got into the walls and roof, though the exact cause has yet to be determined.
National Grid was called to shut down the power as lines began to fall.
There were several road closures because of the fire. The Waterford-Cohoes Bridge reopened around 10pm Thursday. Saratoga Street is closed to traffic until further notice. All traffic will be diverted into troy over the Waterford-Troy Bridge.
The owner of the company vowed to rebuild and reopen as soon as he can. He's optimistic he can put people to work again in the next few weeks.
This isn't the first fire at that building, It also caught fire twelve years ago.
Flames tore through the roof, and the fire, deemed suspicious.
It reopened a short time later.