The kitchen facility in the Saratoga County Jail was destroyed by an electrical fire on Monday night, according to a press release from county officials released Tuesday afternoon.
At approximately 10:12 p.m. on Monday night, Saratoga County Corrections Officer Sergeants were alerted to a fire by an alarm in the kitchen area of the jail. Upon responding to the alarm, the sergeants were met with smoke and flames, which they quickly extinguished.
The smoke and fire damage was contained to the kitchen area, and the initial investigation indicated the cause was electrical in nature.
“I commend the two Correction Officer Sergeants for their quick and effective response to the fire,” said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo. “They singlehandedly prevented further damage to the property and kept everyone in the facility safe.”
“As we hoped, our county employees responded swiftly and efficiently to the danger, limiting damage to the facility and protecting everyone inside. We thank the Corrections Officer Sergeants, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Fire Department for their quick action,” said Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.
The kitchen is inoperable, and Saratoga County has made arrangements with a local vendor to provide meals for the approximately 200 inmates being housed in the facility.