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Fire destroys building, vehicles in Fort Edward

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Fort Edward fire

The remains of a garage and pole barn and vehicles at Bigelow's Energy in Fort Edward are seen after a fire early Monday.

FORT EDWARD — A garage/pole barn at Bigelow’s Energy Service in Fort Edward was destroyed by fire early Monday, the fire also claiming four vehicles.

The blaze was reported shortly after 2 a.m. at the business on 2487 Route 4, south of the village of Fort Edward near the county Route 46 intersection. A Washington County Sheriff’s Office patrol that was first to arrive reported flames through the building’s roof.

No injuries were reported, but an oil truck, van and two other vehicles that were inside the building were destroyed.

The business sells propane, kerosene and oil. Washington County dispatchers reported that some explosions were noted by neighbors, but the business’ main fuel tanks behind the building were not involved in the fire. The company’s office next door also was not affected.

Tyler Couse, whose family operates the business, said the oil truck was empty, but its steel tank melted from the heat of the blaze.

He said the company will still be able to do business with its remaining vehicles. The heat went out the front of the building, so the tanks behind were not affected.

“The trucks are out doing deliveries right now,” Couse said.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Monday morning, but officials believed it may have stemmed from an electrical problem in one of the vehicles.

“The fire investigator said they could see it started in the engine bed of one of our service vehicles,” Couse said.

Firefighters from Fort Edward, Hudson Falls and Argyle were called to the scene. Fort Edward firefighters remained on the scene as of 5:30 a.m.

Route 4 was closed for several hours but re-opened as of 6 a.m.

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