Tire fire under control
Capital News 9, April 18th, 2003
By: Capital News 9 web staff
The fire at the Tire Conversion Technology building at the Scotia Industrial Park, started just after 9 p.m. The Scotia Fire Department was first on the scene.
Dan Fiorillo, Schenectady County Fire Coordinator said, "When they pulled in, the south side loading dock area was fully involved in fire they immediately called mutual aid for others to assist."
More than a dozen departments were called in to help battle the blaze. The building was filled with tires, causing some trouble.
Fiorillo said, "When tires get burning they burn and it caused the whole building to become involved in heavy fire."
Officials also dealt with strong winds last night.
He said, "Yeah, the wind was coming out of the Southeast going toward the Northwest which was actually good for the community here. The heavy smokes sort of going in the unpopulated area. So there was very little effect health wise from the smoke that was moving that way."
Just a little more than 12 hours after the blaze began, firefighters had the situation under control. That's when it became necessary to pull the building apart, in an attempt to release some of the heat being contained within the walls.
Several firefighters sustained minor injuries during the course of the night.
Fiorillo said, "Apparently three fire fighters were injured. Minor injuries."
Officials said the cause of the fire here is still unknown. An investigation is pending.
Warehouse fire labeled as arson
A fire at a tire warehouse in Glenville is being labeled a case of arson.
An investigation was conducted by the Scotia Fire Department along with Glenville Police. The fire broke out just after 9:00 p.m. Thursday at Tire Conversion Technology in the Scotia Industrial Park.
More than a dozen fire departments were called to the scene. It took nearly 12 hours to bring the blaze under control.
If you have any information regarding the Tire Conversion Technology warehouse fire, please call the Schenectady County Fire Arson Hotline at 382-1199.