Fire at NY Recycler Keeps Many Inside

A large fire at a transformer recycling company along the New York-Massachusetts state line prompted warnings to residents, reports The Associated Press. Initial tests found no evidence of contamination.

The fire at TCI of New York broke out Wednesday night in a small industrial park 25 miles south of Albany. About 40 homes were evacuated and officials advised residents within a 15-mile radius to stay inside with windows closed and the air conditioning off through Thursday morning. Massachusetts officials made the same recommendation as a precaution because the smoky plume was tracking eastward.

About 20,000 people live in the affected area.

The stubborn fire fueled by diesel, propane and mineral oil was almost completely extinguished by Thursday afternoon after crews smothered the flames with foam. Two firefighters suffered unspecified injuries.

“This was a terrible fire. Any time you have a fire in a chemical facility where chemicals are stored you have the potential for a very difficult situation,” said Jerome Hauer, commissioner of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

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