Second major fire breaks out in Troy

May 08, 2019 07:04 PM

TROY - A second major fire broke out in Troy on Wednesday.

Residents say the building is an old welding warehouse on Pawling Avenue. NewsChannel 13 is told there have been multiple explosions.

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Firefighters were called to the area around 5:10 p.m. Wednesday evening. The crew included firefighters from Troy and Watervliet. Things appeared to be under control an hour later.

The fire chief says he doesn't believe anybody was inside.

This is the second major fire to break out in Troy on Wednesday. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Alpha Lanes burned to the ground.

Troy Uniformed Firefighters' Association President Eric Wisher notes that with two fires so close to each other, firefighters haven't had time to wash off their uniforms – as is protocol after every fire.

The uniforms are normally taken down to the Central Station. It takes about an hour to wash all the soot, ash and other toxins from the fire off of two uniforms. However, it's been such a busy day, they didn't have time.

Wisher says departments like Watervliet and Kingston have two sets. With Troy seeing so much development downtown – and an increase in calls from 10,000 to 14,000 this past year, he's worried about his men.


WNYT Staff

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