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Firefighters battle septic business blaze near Princetown-Guilderland line

Firefighters battle septic business blaze near Princetown-Guilderland line

Firefighters battle septic business blaze near Princetown-Guilderland line
Firefighters battle the blaze Tuesday
Photographer: MARC SCHULTZ/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

GUILDERLAND - A Tuesday afternoon fire near the Schenectady-Albany County line consumed a commercial building.

No injuries were reported in the blaze at the John VanWormer Septic Systems property. A door leading what appeared to be an office area of the fire building was for Big John's Portable Toilets.

Area fire departments, led by Altamont, responded to the blaze on Deer Path Lane, just off Settles Hill Road at around 1:30 p.m. The fire appeared to be near the line dividing Princetown and Guilderland.

Images: Fire tears Van Wormer Septic Systems property

There were multiple buildings on the property and the fire building appeared to be an out building, not the main structure.

Flames could be seen throughout the interior of the building as firefighters worked to extinguish it. The building was a total loss, Deputy Altamont Fire Chief Bo Miller said.

In all, nine departments responded to the scene and five others stood by, Miller said. Firefighters initially had problems getting water to the site, he said.

"The closest hydrant had very little pressure into it so we were were using tankers to supply water," Miller said. That led to a delay in putting water on the blaze.

The business name on a door leading what appeared to be an office area of the building was for Big John's Portable Toilets. Both that business and John VanWormer Septic Systems are listed at that address. There were multiple buildings on the property and the fire building appeared to be an out building, not the main structure.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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