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Common Roots Brewing Company in South Glens Falls heavily damaged in blaze; no injuries

A structure fire broke out at Common Roots Brewing Company in South Glens Falls on Route 9 on Monday evening.
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A structure fire broke out at Common Roots Brewing Company in South Glens Falls on Route 9 on Monday evening.

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — A fire late Monday has left the Common Roots Brewery Company heavily damaged. 

The blaze was largely contained by 9:20 p.m. Multiple departments continued to beat down hotspots as flames remained visible and heavy smoke poured from the building at 58 Saratoga Ave.

The business was open and hosting a trivia night at the time, according to the business’s Facebook page. 

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. 

Owners Bert and Christian Weber said all patrons got out safely.

“We appreciate the efforts of our local fire responders and thank each of you for your thoughts and support,” said the Webers in a statement. “An additional update will be provided at the appropriate time.” 

Images: Common Roots Brewing Company fire, March 25, 2019

At least a half-dozen fire departments responded to the blaze, including Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Department, West Glens Falls Volunteer Fire Company, Hudson Falls Fire Department, South Glens Falls Fire Company, Fort Edward Fire Department and South Queensbury Volunteer Fire Department.

Multiple agencies remained on standby late Monday and Route 9 remains closed. 

The community, including many in the regional craft beer scene, took to social media to offer support for the business, which opened in 2014 and broke ground on a $500,000 expansion project just last week. 

“Hoping that everyone at Common Roots Brewing Company is safe,” Brewed in NY, a web series, wrote on Facebook. “Hoping they get things back in order fast, I know the NY brewing community will be there to help them through this.”

Images: Common Roots Brewing Company fire, March 25, 2019

Artisanal Brew Works, a Saratoga Springs-based brewery, said the Webers “have been great friends to the brewery” and “our hearts are broken over their loss.”

The brewery will host a brainstorm session for ideas on how to help the business Tuesday at 4 p.m. at their location on 41 Geyser Road. 

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