Structure fire at Hanson Aggregates, Pavilion
Submitted by Howard Owens on March 26, 2010 - 5:55am
(Updated at 8:50 a.m.)
As many as 12 fire companies were called to Hanson Aggregates in Pavilion this morning for a fire in a structure at the back part of the facility.
The cause or origin of the fire has not been determined yet, according to Pavilion Fire Chief Paul Dougherty, who said the fire was contained to a single structure.
That structure was a sandblasting facility used to clean trucks and equipment.
"Our firefighters arrived and found the building at the rear of the facility with smoke and flames showing," Dougherty said.
The fire was difficult to fight, according to Dougherty, because it was a significant way from the road, past two driveways and there was a good deal of heavy equipment parked in the area.
"The big issue was getting water to the location because we couldn't get a lot of equipment back there," he said.
The original call came in sometime between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m.
"There was a lot of smoke," Dougherty said. "It's a wood-frame structure with metal siding. There wasn't a lot inside to burn and the fire was contained to the structure."
Hanson is a multinational conglomerate based in Europe. Its Pavilion facility provides asphalt and concrete for local construction projects.
There is no estimate yet on the dollar value of the damage and the cause is under investigation.
"Until we get into the building and interview some of their people and ask them what the recent history of the building has been, we won't know (the cause)," the chief said.
NOTE: Photos from the scene are limited because Hanson employees would not allow The Batavian back to the area of the fire to take pictures.