Firefighters rated as “level zero” – no threat to the public -- a hazmat situation triggered by a small fire at a precision machining plant in Gates, New York, Monday afternoon.
“Upon arrival, the officer on scene reported smoke showing from the exterior of the building and seconds later declared it a working fire,” the Gates Fire District Facebook page states.
Initially, firefighters arriving at TCS Industries were concerned with visible fire issuing from the metal collector on a steel grinding machine. However, possible exposure to unknown chemicals near the flames prompted fire officials to order a second alarm, bringing more resources to the scene.
Joining the response were the Ridge Road Fire District, Barnard Fire Department, North Greece Fire District, Spencerport Fire District, Chili Fire Department, Henrietta Fire District, Gates Volunteer Ambulance Service, Gates Police Department, Scottsville Fire Department and Churchville Volunteer Fire Department.
Authorities diverted local traffic until a determination could be made regarding the hazmat situation, the Facebook site states. The building was reopened after being allowed to vent for several hours.