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Building in Batavia hit by fire

BATAVIA – An industrial building in Batavia sustained heavy fire damage last night and is likely a total loss, according to an official with the Batavia Fire Department.

The fire started at the Master Cast building shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. The structure is located at 106 Mallory Ave., at the southeast corner of Mallory Avenue and First Street in Batavia.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, heavy fire was found throughout the north end of the building, said Batavia Deputy Fire Chief Randy Banker. It took firefighters about four hours to get the fire under control, he said.

Three firefighters were injured due to slips and falls on the ice, Banker said. Two were treated at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and one was treated at the scene, he said.

A business to the south of the building had some minor smoke damage as a result of the fire, Banker said.

He said there was no reason to suspect that the fire was suspicious, noting that it remained under investigation.

Banker said the building was still in use by a "very successful business" but that the building likely was a total loss after the fire.

More than a dozen agencies assisted in battling the fire, which initially was somewhat problematic as it was difficult to see what was happening in the roof area where the fire was, and because the building is more than 100 years old, Banker said.

Traffic in the area remained blocked as of 11 a.m. today.

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