Charlie Kraebel/Recorder editor
Firefighters knocked out a blaze that was reported early Thursday morning in this building at the back of the former Mohawk Mills complex in Broadalbin.
Charlie Kraebel/Recorder Editor
BROADALBIN -- A fire that broke out early Thursday at the former Mohawk Mills complex in the village is under investigation.
Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Chief Scot Hall said the call came in at around 5 a.m. about flames being visible from a storage facility located in the back of the abandoned mill complex. The fire was out by 7 a.m., but crews remained on scene to check for hot spots and possible areas that may be smoldering.
Hall said the fire was contained to the inside of the building. There was no structural damage, and no one was hurt, he said. Crews are on scene trying to determine the cause of the blaze, but Hall would not speculate as to what that would be.
Because of the age of the mill and the flammable materials still lying around -- and knowing the risk to the village should the Mohawk Mills complex ever become fully engulfed in flames -- Hall said the fire department has an action plan in place in case of a major fire. Some of that plan was implemented Thursday morning.
Initially, firefighters were going to take what Hall termed a "defensive" approach to knocking out the fire, but crews on scene decided to enter the building instead and were able to put the flames out fairly quickly.
"The guys did a great job," Hall said. "This was a really good stop."
Linda Eastman, the owner of the Broadalbin Christian Bookstore and Linda's Antiques, was the one who called in the fire. She has a vantage point of the complex from her second-floor back deck, and could see the fire while most people wouldn't be able to because it wasn't visible from Main or Mill streets.
Eastman said she could see the fire on the top three floors of the four-story building, describing it as a "bright glow."
"Once in awhile, I'd see something shoot up," she said.
Hall said in addition to Broadalbin-Kennyetto, firefighters from Perth, Hagaman, Mayfield and Galway responded to the scene while the Fort Johnson and Providence departments were put on stand-by.
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