WILTON — Fire investigators returned early Wednesday to sift through debris at Adirondack Trust Co. on Maple Avenue following a fire that destroyed the bank building.
According to The Post-Star’s newspartner WNYT-TV NewsChannel 13 the cause of the fire was linked to a failed electrical outlet.
On Wednesday morning, fire crews were concentrating on the rear of the structure near the drive-thru bank teller window, removing debris in the cold, snowy and windy conditions.
Some curious customers also came to see what was left of their bank, hoping safety deposit boxes remained intact.
Alexander Georgeadis of Wilton came with camera in tow to see what was left. Georgeadis said he and his family are longtime customers of the bank.
The family heirlooms of his late wife were kept in a safety deposit box at the bank, he said.
“I hope they are safe. If it got too hot the gold probably melted. It is not so much the gold; it is the sentimental value,” he said.
According to an Adirondack Trust Co. news release, the bank remains under 24-hour surveillance and bank officials expect to be given access to the building so they can carry safety deposit boxes to a secure location. Customers will then be contacted to check their boxes.
New York fire investigators were on the scene until late Tuesday when weather conditions deteriorated.
Firefighters from at least five departments responded to the scene after heat and smoke sensors triggered an alarm to the Greenfield Fire Department shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.
A plow driver who was clearing snow at the scene noticed smoke coming from the building and also alerted the fire department.
The bank had closed at 1 p.m. because of the weather, according to a news release.
The bank intends to rebuild at the same location and advised customers, in the meantime, to use three other locations in the Wilton-Saratoga area.
Extended hours at the Exit 15 and Church Street branches went into effect on Wednesday until 6 p.m. and staffers have also been moved to other branches.