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2-story garage destroyed in Town of Lee fire

A two-story garage was destroyed by fire Thursday evening. The fire was so strong that as crews battled the flames, the roof caved, trapping flames underneath.

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 9:47 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 9:48 PM

TOWN OF LEE, N.Y. - A two-story garage was destroyed by fire Thursday evening. The fire was so strong that as crews battled the flames, the roof caved in, trapping flames underneath hot steel.

The garage fire was located on Route 69 in the Town of Lee, just outside of Rome.

People living in a nearby mobile home park called 911 around 5:45 p.m. to report fire.  By 7:00 p.m. crews had the fire under control, but they were met with challenges along the way.

"The roof has collapsed and the fire is trapped underneath. And now we're pulling all the steel off to extinguish what's left," Chief James Roullier, Jr., of the Lee Center Fire Department said.

A foaming fire suppressant helped to dampen the flames.

"We use 'Fire Out'. It makes water wetter. It suppresses them and you don't have a chance of a rekindle," Chief Roullier said.

The garage is considered a complete loss, but firefighters said no one was injured.

There is no word on a cause. It's still under investigation.

Route 69 in that area was closed off for about two hours. It was back open by 8:00 p.m.

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