Apparent electrical fire hits warehouse garage in the city of Florida

CITY OF FLORIDA – An apparent electrical fire caused significant damage to a warehouse garage at a store on Route 161 over the weekend, officials said.

The Florida Volunteer Fire Department responded to the reported structural fire at the Gorman Group’s maintenance facility on Route 161 446 at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday

When the fire department arrived, flames broke out in a garage on the property, said fire department chief Les Bramer on Monday.

Without knowing what was in the building of the motorway construction and materials company, Bramer called the local fire brigade to the scene with tank trucks to ensure an adequate water supply.

The fire was essentially contained in three of the five storage bays within the garage, with a slight expansion to a fourth bay. The affected areas of the garage contained paint, paint and similar materials used in road construction.

The garage doors could not be opened during the fire fighting, said Bramer, the fire department was forced to cut through the entrance to get into the building. Otherwise there were no challenges during the operation.

The fire was put down within about two hours. Firefighters stayed on site, refurbished the building and investigated the cause before clearing the scene around 10:30 p.m.

There were no reported injuries related to the incident and no one was present at the facility when the fire broke out.

The three parts of the garage where the fire started suffered significant damage and the structure will likely need to be rebuilt.

Montgomery County’s fire investigators believe the cause, according to Bramer, was electrical.

The fire chief thanked the members of the volunteer fire brigades in the area and other emergency services for their support during the operation.

“It was a great teamwork among everyone,” said Bramer. “Everyone worked together and did the job the way it should be.”

The Florida Volunteer Fire Department was locally supported by the Town of Glen Volunteer Fire Department, Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department, Fort Hunter Engine & Hose Company, Cranesville Fire Department, Esperance Fire and Rescue Squad, and Amsterdam Fire Department.

Additional assistance was provided by members of the Montgomery County Emergency Services Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Several other business units were on standby during the call.

Calls to the Gorman group asking for comments on the fire were not immediately returned on Monday. The company has multiple locations in the Capital Region and the Mohawk Valley. The location in the city is listed as an operating facility and maintenance workshop.

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