WEB EXCLUSIVE: Building is ‘total loss’ after Cairo fire


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Firefighters on the scene of a blaze in South Cairo that destroyed a garage and three trucks that were inside the building. Courtesy of Catskill Fire Company

CAIRO — A major fire at a garage in Cairo late Thursday destroyed the building and three trucks that were inside, Cairo Fire Department Chief Ray Feml said Friday.

The call came in for a structure fire at County Waste and Recycling on Ross Ruland Road in South Cairo at around 7 p.m. Thursday, Feml said. Cairo firefighters arrived on the scene and called for mutual aid.

“We think a garbage truck caught on fire inside the maintenance shop at County Waste, which then ended up catching the building on fire,” Feml said. “They ended up losing two garbage trucks and a service truck. The building is a complete loss.”

There were no injuries, and no adjacent properties or vehicles were damaged in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Greene County Fire Investigation Team, Feml said.

The three trucks that were destroyed were inside the building when the fire broke out.

Two garbage trucks and a service truck were damaged in the blaze. Courtesy of Catskill Fire Company

Firefighters were on the scene for several hours getting the fire under control and had to return a couple of times after sparks started up again.

“They were there for a couple of hours but then they had to go back for two rekindles, one last night and one this morning,” the fire chief said. “Sometimes it is hard to get to spots and you don’t realize it is smoldering. It happens with bigger buildings.”

The two rekindled fires did not cause further damage, Feml said.

In addition to Cairo firefighters, responding mutual aid companies included Round Top, Catskill and Leeds, Feml said. Their assistance was greatly appreciated, particularly at a time when the number of volunteers in local companies is dwindling, he said.

“Unfortunately, with volunteer services getting less and less people, we need our mutual aid departments,” Feml said. “Everybody comes together and works together, and we had a great turnout.”

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