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Two Alarm Fire On Roberts Street

Inside former Worthington Compressor complex off Clinton St.

June 09, 2017 - 11:22 am

(WBEN) Buffalo city fire crews made quick work of a two alarm blaze in Kaisertown Friday, where there were initial fears of catastrophe because of  welding gasses, propane and oil stored on site at the former Worthington Compressor plant complex off Clinton Street.

The fire department was called to  22 Roberts Street, behind Houghton Park and Buffalo Public School 69, just after 9 am. 

The complex is bounded by Clinton Street and the NYS Thruway I-190 and features a massive warehouse space with metal trusses supporting the roof.

" The second alarm was called almost immediately because we wanted additional resources here on-standby because of the size of the structure," said Buffalo Fire Department Division Chief Michael Tuberdyke (pictured L).

 "They were doing some renovation work on the roof with torches and it appears that the fire was started by the torches, or the hot steel coming down," Tuberdyke said, adding that employees there tried to initially put the fire out themselves before calling in city crews.

The site is home to several industrial warehouses, metal shops and a car storage facility, but the area where the roof repairs were being made did not have things stored underneath that spot, he said. 

The fire was under control by 10 am and no injuries are reported. Damages are estimated at approx. $100,000, Tuberdyke said. 

Fire could be seen coming through the roof of a building there, with a large plume of smoke visible from the NYS Thruway 

"Whenever you have a roof burning like this, you have a lot of black rubber, asphalt, on top of the roof. That gives off a tremendous amount of smoke, but there's no danger," Tuberdyke said,

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