After Nearly 24 Hours, Buffalo Industrial Fire Out

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Video: Firefighters Continute to Battle Buffalo Industrial Fire

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  • Chandler St., Buffalo
  • Chandler St., Buffalo
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BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo firefighters spent all of Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday battling an industrial fire that sent thick, black smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles.  They say the fire in the city's Black Rock neighborhood was finally extinguished.

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As of our 11pm newscast homeowners living near the fire were no longer asked to stay inside. Fire officials told Channel 2 News that the fire was pretty much put out except for several hot spots inside the building.Those were put out Thursday morning.

The fire started just before 6 a.m. Wednesday at Niagara Lubricant Company, Inc., located at 164 Chandler Street.

Foam trucks from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station were called in to assist. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation was also on the scene monitoring the runoff that is entering the sewer system.

Over 100 firefighters were called to the scene.  One was taken to the hospital for a knee injury.

According to the Niagara Lubricant's web site, the company manufactures and packages lubricating oils, greases, industrial oils and tire care products.

Chandler Street has been closed to traffic and National Grid was on scene Wednesday morning to cut power to the immediate area.

As a precautionary measure, Buffalo Schools diverted students from the Extended Learning Opportunity Program at School #94 to Riverside High School.  Buffalo Schools Superintendent Dr. James Williams later announced that ELOP classes will resume at West Hertel Academy on Thursday morning, July 14th. The area has been deemed safe.

Niagara Lubricant has about 35 employees. Leon Smith, one of the company's owners, says five generations of his family have worked there since its founding in 1923, and its products are distributed worldwide. The business is insured.

Right now, there's no indication of the fire's cause.

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