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About 50 fire companies from across WNY battled fire on Earhart Drive in Amherst

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-21 15:02:47-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — About 50 fire companies from across Western New York battled a fire on Earhart Drive in Amherst Tuesday evening.

Main-Transit Fire Department says crews responded to 120 Earhart Drive around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday for the report of a fire. Upon arrival firefighters encountered heavy fire conditions through the roof of the building.

The building is believed to be called Premium PPE. While fighting the fire crews became aware of hazardous chemicals that were being stored and used in the facility and implemented precautions to protect first responders and citizens in the area.

"Air and water monitoring are currently being performed by several agencies and at the time of the report there is no danger to the public," a release says.

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Earhart Drive, Lawrence Bell Drive and the NYS Thruway between the I-290 and Depew exits were closed for several hours. They have since reopened. Evacuations were put in place in the immediate area surrounding the fire but have since been lifted.

No injuries have been reported and no word has been given on a possible cause. Winds and lightning created issues for fire crews.

Crews remain at the scene investigating Wednesday.