MALONE — Fire investigators from Franklin County and New York State are on scene after an early morning structure fire at a Route 11 business in Malone, Tuesday.

According to Jamie Bonner a member of the Westville Fire Department working with the Franklin County Fire investigation Team, the fire caused significant damage at Jade Rental, 3893 Route 11, an equipment rental and leasing business.

“There is a lot of damage to the equipment inside, the roof is also severely damaged too,” Bonner said.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, according to Bonner, who said the building was unoccupied when the fire was reported around 5:45 a.m.

Bonner said a cause of the fire has not yet been determined and two state fire investigators are assisting county firefighters at the scene.

“We are investigating the cause of the fire and due to the high cost of the damage resulting from this fire, state fire investigators were called in to assist,” Bonner said.

Bonner said there are two buildings on the property, adding a large structure further back was undamaged by the fire but the building closest to Route 11 is where the fire occurred, adding he believes both buildings are owned by Bub’s Enterprises, LLC.

“It’s an old building, there is an addition on the front and the fire occurred in the back of the original portion of the structure,” Bonner said.

Bonner said in addition to Jade Rental the damaged building also houses a funeral monument business, also damaged during the fire.

According to Bonner, flames were visible to fire crews as they arrived on scene, explaining he arrived shortly after the first fire engine.

“Flames were coming out of a wall when we got on scene,” Bonner said, “We started with an interior attack but had to pull back because of all the equipment inside.”

Bonner said fire crews proceeded to begin a hard attack on the rear portion of the building, near where the fire is believed to have started.

According to Bonner, Route 11 was shut down for a couple hours this morning as first responders worked to extinguish the flames, with traffic detoured towards Elm Street.

Investigators were on scene at 11 a.m. and the majority of fire crews had cleared the property.

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