N.Y. Automotive Business Destroyed by Fire

Proline Automotive Services was destroyed by fire on March 25.

The call was recieved at 2:55 p.m., and companies remained on the scene until 8 p.m.

The building was a 60 by 40 foot pole barn style with metal siding and roofing. Initial report of the structure fire came via numerous calls to the 911 center.

Workers had attempted to extinguish the fire with fire extinguishers prior to firefighters' arrival.

The owner reported all occupants had exited the structure. However, there were two dogs still inside. Engine 3 personnel deployed two attack lines from the front side while crews from Engine 1 deployed attack lines from the rear.

An exterior attack was conducted due to the fire's advanced stage.

The roof began to collapse approximately 12-14 minutes into the fire.

By 30 minutes the entire roof had collapsed and portions of the walls were down. Six vehicles inside were destroyed, and five vehicles outside were damaged.

An excavator from the Department of Public Works was brought in to knock down and tear apart the rest of the building to facilitate extinguishment of hot spots.

During the overhaul process both dogs were located within the rubble.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was notified due to used motor oil leaking from two 55-gallon barrels near the rear of the building.

Officials estimated damages included $150,000 to the building and $250,000 to the vehicles and other contents.