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Fire in Ghent: Residents can leave homes, no issues with air quality

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The state of emergencies have been cancelled in Columbia and Rensselaer counties following a fire at an industrial plant. Hazardous materials were said to have been housed in the building in Ghent. YNN's Megan Cruz has been on the scene and has more.

WEST GHENT, N.Y. -- A massive fire at a recycling plant in Columbia County is out, and residents have been given the all-clear to leave their homes and open their windows.

The fire broke out at TCI of New York in West Ghent around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. Residents within a 15-miles radius of the facility were being advised to stay indoors, but that advisory has since been lifted.

The director of the Columbia County Emergency Management office said during a news conference today that no issues were found with the air quality. Tests of soot from the fire show no evidence of PCB contamination, and tests results for dioxin - a potential byproduct of the burning - are expected by Friday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The company released a statement Thursday evening saying, "We are grateful that no injuries were sustained and thankful to the many fire officials, first responders and emergency management personnel for the immediate, multi-agency response."

Brian Hemlock, the company’s Vice President of Operations went on to say, "TCI is fully cooperating with the various agencies involved in the investigation and clean up efforts... and deeply regret any inconvenience caused to surrounding homeowners and businesses during the response efforts."


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Tips for local clean up:

If you have soot and dust from the fire at your home officials have a few recommendations on how to clean it up. They said on exterior surfaces, including cars, use water and detergent to spray off accumulated deposits.

Before you turn on any air conditioning unit, you should inspect it for visible soot and dust. Disposable filters should be replaced, and filters that can be washed and re-used should be.

Any soot inside a building should be washed with detergent and water, and vacuuming should only be done with a HEPA vacuum. You should also wear rubber gloves, long sleeves, long pants do clean.

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