Highland Fire Chief Peter Miller said the fire at the MHS Services, located at 171 Chapel Hill began at about 5:25 p.m. Friday with an explosion that ignited scrap oils stored at the facility.
Although it took firefighters less than three minutes to reach the fire, it was fully involved at the metal building, which had once been an Ulster County Highway garage, Miller
The cloud of smoke, even with the overcast sky yesterday, was immediately visible from the station, Miller
said that because automobiles were processed at the site, there were oils and other fluids in the building, prompting firefighters to call in hazard materials officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
said firefighters were able to have the bulk of the blaze knocked down in about 30 minutes, with the fire significantly contained within an hour.
said equipment was brought in to help move the metal structure so firefighters could extinguish hot spots amid the rubble.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Miller
said officials believe the fire started when oils in the building were ignited after an explosion occurred while someone was working in the building with a torch.
said the injured person was taken to the Westchester Medical Center burn center in Valhalla.