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Albany/HV: Fire at Blue Heaven Hosiery
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Crews are on the scene of a large fire in Ellenville. Our Meredith Zaritheny is standing by in Ellenville with the latest.

ELLENVILLE, N.Y. -- Fire crews are keeping us back pretty far from where the fire is still burning inside the Blue Haven Hosiery Factory.

There's at least 15 fire companies here working to knock down the flames.

And while they say the fire didn't cause any injuries, it was certainly alarming for people living nearby.

"They were shooting down, hot ambers on my deck, so it was pretty scary," said Jennie Richmond, Neighbor.

Jennie Richmond and her husband woke up to smoke and flames threatening to engulf her home on Rear Chapel Street early Friday morning.

"I walked out on my deck and it was so hot out here I had to go back in where it was cooler, it was frightening," she said.

Richmond lives behind the Blue Haven Hosiery Factory on Pine Street. That's where firefighters say the fire broke out around 7:30 Friday morning.

Pat Wardynski, Ellenville Fire Department Assistant Chief said, "Once they got on the scene it was fully involved we went multiple dispatches for other agencies."

Witnesses say flames could be seen shooting at least 50 feet into the air.
There were more than 100 firefighters working to contain the fire, consuming this factory where ladies panty hose are made.

Wardynski added, "They're very flammable, that didn't help to fuel the fire. Very, very high fire volume due to the fuel that was in the building there was a lot of fire fuel that was in there."

While the fire may have destroyed Jennie Richmond's fence, she's thankful firefighters stopped the flames before they could reach her home.

"It's gone but they saved the house, the guys did a good job," Richmond added.

Right now, fire crews are still out here working to make sure the fire is completely out, extinguished, by going through with an excavator and turning over the ruble.

At this point, no word yet on the cause of this fire, however Ulster County Fire Investigators and the Arson Task Force are out here investigating.

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