Update Saturday at 12:25 pm
Officials say the fire could burn for three days, maybe longer. [TU]
The Albany Fire Department has decided the building is too dangerous to enter and is focused on containing the fire. [Fox23]
A building very similar to Central Warehouse caught fire in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1999. Six firefighters died in that fire. The upper floors of the building collapsed. [Wikipedia] [Firefighter Nation]
Sebastien has posted a photoset from near the base of building Friday afternoon. We've added a few of the photos after the jump.
Last update: 6:54 pm
There are a bunch of reports coming in via Twitter of a fire at Central Warehouse in Albany. It's the huge, white building just north of downtown -- you can't miss it as you drive along 787.
The photo above is from @LukeGucker. There are more photos after the jump from Luke -- and we've also added some some impressive shots taken by Michael Walsh from across the river in Rensselaer.
We got a report via Bath-on-Hudson Beth that flames were "shooting out" of the building. Lori reports that there's a "terrible" smell in the area near the fire ("awful" is how Amy described the odor).
The TU reports that it's unclear whether the building's old refrigeration system still contains ammonia. The type of ammonia used in refrigeration systems is potentially explosive. [TU] [OSHA]
Update via Sebastien's Twitter feed at 5:56 pm: "Fire fell from higher level, now huge fire at bottom. Firefighter says will be there for couple of days, will have to tear down ultimately."
Here's a photoset from the fire, posted by Andrew.
Sebastien, B and others explored the building in 2009 -- the resulting photosets are a bit haunting and oddly beautiful.
Central Warehouse is an old cold storage building that once held frozen foods. Steve shared some of the building's history in a comment last year.
The building has changed hands twice this decade. In 2002 a company called Albany Assets bought it for $800k. And then in 2007 it was sold for $1.4 million to a group called CW Montgomery LLC, which apparently planned to eventually redevelop the building into some sort of mixed-use project. [TU via Highbeam] [TU]
Of the Central Warehouse Jerry Jennings said in 2008: That's one of the biggest eyesores I have here." Demolition of the building reportedly would cost $1.5 million. [TU]
(Thanks to Luke, Michael and Sebastien for sharing the pics, and everyone for all the tips.)
Here's Luke's photoset from the scene.
Sebastien took these photos from near the base of the building:
Here's Sebastien's full photoset from the fire.
Michael Walsh took these photos from across the river in Rensselaer. Be sure to scroll up to the top of this page to see one of his shots in large format (the rest of these are clickable for large format).
Here's Mike's Flickr stream.
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