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July 13, 2014

Nine companies respond to 2-alarm fire

Tonawanda News — Several Tonawanda fire companies responded to a two-alarm fire at an industrial business on Mayville Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda Saturday. 

A total of nine fire companies from Tonawanda and Kenmore, including a HAZMAT team, responded to the fire after a second alarm was called at FMC Corporation.

Ellwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Stuff said the fire, which started inside FMC Corporation, appears to be accidental.

According to Stuff, chemicals reacted and appeared to have started the fire.

An unknown number of employees were working in the building at the time. Stuff said FMC’s sprinklers turned on, the fire doors activated, and employees called the fire department. All of them made it outside safely.

A second alarm and HAZMAT response are standard protocol for a chemical fire, according to fire officials.

No employees or any firefighters were injured in the blaze and a damage estimate was not immediately available.

Investigators will be working to determine the exact cause of the fire.


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