Commercial building fire destroys heavy machinery, boats in PoughkeepsiePosted: Updated:
A fire in Dutchess County destroyed a commercial building and thousands of dollars in machinery Thursday.
The flames tore through the 15,000-square-foot building in Poughkeepsie around 5 a.m. as workers started to arrive.
Tom Gleason said his excavation business was destroyed, but he plans to rebuild.
“Eighty years in business. It's a shame,” he says.
The business also rents out space to a boat repair shop.
People sprang into action to move machinery and boats before the fire spread.
The building is a total loss, along with thousands of dollars in heavy machinery and boats inside.
Officials say that no one was hurt in the fire.
Authorities say there were initial concerns of a possible fuel and oil contamination, but News 12 was told that the DEC found that not to be the case.