Investigation into Union Fork and Hoe fire complete
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FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- The Frankfort Fire Department painted an impressive picture of the 42 agency, three day effort to put out the Union Fork and Hoe fire earlier in the month.
Department officials reviewed their investigation of the fire at a news conference Wednesday night. It showed just how complicated the fire was. They say it involved 12 structures and burned over three acres of land.
Within two hours, they had assembled 210 firefighters with the help of mutual aid. They confirmed the cause of the fire to be accidental sparks from contractors working prior to demolition efforts.
The fire department also quelled concerns over any hazardous material contamination, saying they have extensively ruled that out.
"The hazmat specialist was flown in from Buffalo to monitor that water supply, because there was rumor of some contamination, which that proved that there was none.
I received the studies, they're in the other room, that are about that thick identifying that all of the contaminants and hazardous materials were removed from the site prior to the fire," said Frankfort Fire Department Chief Chuck Conigliaro.
Frankfort's fire chief also thanked the departments who responded to mutual aid, as well as the numerous community members who came out to assist the crews.