QUEENSBURY -- The West Glens Falls Fire Department's main station was damaged by an electrical fire late Tuesday, but the department's vehicles and firefighting equipment were not damaged.
The blaze at the station at the corner of Luzerne and Veterans roads was reported shortly before midnight. The station was running on electrical generators Wednesday morning, and will be manned until further notice.
The fire has not affected the department's ability to respond to calls.
It started in the east corner of the kitchen with an electrical problem with a microwave oven, and burned the wall and ceiling. The charred microwave sat outside the building Wednesday morning.
No one was injured, but the kitchen will need extensive repairs and the recently renovated banquet hall suffered water and smoke damage.
It would have been much worse if a member of the department hadn't stopped by to check on the building and heard the sound of a fire alarm going off.
West Glens Falls Assistant Fire Chief Scott Dickinson said the electrical problem that caused the fire also shorted the station's phone and cable system, so the alarm signal was not transmitted to the monitoring company.
Lt. James Worth had pulled into the lot because the department had been monitoring the building closely in light of continuing electrical problems that had been occurring in recent weeks, Dickinson said.
The fire began with a microwave, but a cable modem was also found melted in an equipment room early Wednesday, Dickinson said.
The building's sprinkler system did activate, the assistant chief said.
Officials said the problems were believed to have stemmed from a lightning strike several weeks ago, but electricians and National Grid had visited several times in recent weeks and been unable to find the problem.
Electrical equipment was damaged in recent weeks by apparent power surges.
"It was just one little thing after another, but no one could figure it out. National Grid was here for three or four hours a couple of times," Dickinson said.
A wedding was planned for the banquet hall this weekend, and a cleanup company was en route to the station Wednesday morning to try to clean up the recently renovated hall.