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Tuesday night fires damage two STS Steel buildings in Schenectady; Investigators ask public for help

Tuesday night fires damage two STS Steel buildings in Schenectady; Investigators ask public for help

Tuesday night fires damage two STS Steel buildings in Schenectady; Investigators ask public for help
Schenectady firefighters at the scene Tuesday night
Photographer: PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER

SCHENECTADY — New Year's Eve fires damaged two STS Steel buildings, and fire investigators reached out to the public New Year's morning for help with their probe.

Firefighters were called to STS Steel around 10 p.m. Smoke could be seen pouring from both the main building and an outbuilding. 

Firefighters had the incident under control by about 10:40 p.m., according to information available on the scene. 

The extent of damage to the business was still being determined, officials said Wednesday. 

Images: Fires damage STS Steel property in Schenectady, Jan. 1, 2020

The cause of the fire also remained under investigation Wednesday morning, officials said, but the Schenectady Arson Task Force reached to the public via their Facebook page and asked for help.

"The task force is currently investigating a fire incident at STS Steel. The fire occurred last night (12/31/19) at approximately 10 P.M.," the post read. "STS Steel is located off of Erie Blvd in the area of Rivers Casino. If you have any information please call 518-382-5141 Ext: 5815. Thank you."

STS Steel makes trusses, bridges, and lock gates for the state’s canals. The company has been at the site since 1989. The main building is also a last vestige of the old American Locomotive Company buildings there.

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