Five fire departments battle large blaze at Gouverneur contracting firm; cause of fire is under investigation
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 8:37 am

Photo submitted by Patrick Wilbur.


GOUVERNEUR — A fire destroyed a large storage facility owned by contracting firm Empire Northeast early this morning.

The blaze at 45 South Gordon St. was discovered by a local resident and reported to Gouverneur Fire Department around 1:30 a.m., according to Fire Chief Thomas Conklin.

Firefighters were able to save two nearby buildings that are also owned by Empire Northeast, he said.

“It was a good save by firefighters — people will still have jobs since we saved the office space,” Conklin said.

Firefighters from Gouverneur, Richville, Edwards, Antwerp and Oxbox helped put the fire out.

The fire had about a 15 to 20 minute head start on firemen, he said. The storage barn is considered a total loss.

No injuries were reported.

Conklin said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.