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Fire in Albany

Fire engulfs Green Island spray foam plant

October 10, 2016 11:30 PM

GREEN ISLAND – Two teams from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation were brought in once a fire was out Monday night but it’s too soon to say whether any of the spray foam insulation got into the water or the Hudson River.

Six fire companies – Green Island, Watervliet, the Watervliet Arsenal, Troy, Albany and Cohoes – rushed to this spot after a box truck pulled into one of the bays around 5 p.m., according to GIFD Chief Robert Bourgeois.

“This is a newer building, it’s metal construction with a wood frame and the fire gets in between the metal skirting on the outside and the interior and just travels,” Bourgeois said.

“We were on our way to Crossgates (Mall) and we hooked the left going towards 787 and we saw the fire so we stopped to call 911 and as soon as we called the first responders showed up and we were blocked in,” said Chris Lewitinn of Troy.

The building is on Lower Hudson Avenue, owned by Dave Lazzaro but rented to “Correct Energy Spray Foam Insulation.” Lazzaro owns an Auto Body shop and several rental units on the block but declined repeated requests for comment. Some employees told NewsChannel-13 that Lazzaro’s Auto Body has an extensive fire drill. No one got hurt.

“Black smoke everywhere,” Lewitinn said. “You couldn’t see across the street. It looked like a dark fog.”

The call first came in as a vehicle fire inside the building and the goal for firefighters was to keep it from spreading, Bourgeois said. They attacked from the top but actually had to wait for it to bust through the roof to get water into it.

“Our guys are always out looking at different structures and trying to come up with a game plan ahead of time of what we’re going to do if we have a situation like that,” Bourgeois said. “Obviously our training pays off because there was no injuries and we kept it into the one building.”