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Fire causes $500K in damage to Grand Island chemical plant

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Posted at 9:31 AM, Mar 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 10:32:34-04

Several crews and fire companies responded to a fire at a chemical plant on Grand Island Saturday afternoon.

The Grand Island Fire Company (GIFC) says firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Islechem LLC plant at 12:27 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was visible over the roof, according to Fire Chief Chris Soluri. He says crews from Engines 3, 4 and 5, and LT 6 went into the building 1:02 p.m. and found a major fire concentrated in three labs on the second floor.

Chief Soluri says he requested help from the Sheridan Park Volunteer Fire Department, Brighton Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Tonawanda Fire Department because of the work the crews anticipated.

The fire company says the fire was under control by 1:47 p.m. and no hazardous chemicals were encountered.

A second alarm was issued for additional manpower to help relieve "exhausted" firefighters. Chief Soluri says crews came from the City of Niagara Falls Fire Department, River Road Volunteer Fire Department, and Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department.

According to the GIFC, three firefighters were treated on site for minor injuries, but did not require hospitalization.

Damages totaled about $250,000 to the building an another $250,000 to the contents, according to the GIFC.

GIFC and Erie County fire investigators say they have not yet found an exact cause that started the fire.