Cornwall, NY – Dozens of firefighters, police and emergency personnel are at the scene of a large fire in a massive warehouse located at 2 Mill Street, which housed at least a dozen Jewish businesses. A large column of smoke could be seen for miles. The fire was reported about 10:50 a.m. By 11:22, firefighters reportedly had pulled back and taken a defensive stance in the battle with the flames.
As of this report, the fire is already a seven-alarm blaze.
MonseyScoop.com has learned that this is the very same building which had over a million dollars in structural damage from Hurricane Irene, this past summer.
More than a dozen Jewish businesses on premises were largely out of work after the Mudna Creek crested over its banks and wiped out companies from a packaging firm to closeout shipping yard to a furniture seller. The waves moved walls and swamped goods worth millions of dollars. The destruction had placed in jeopardy more than 700 jobs if there were no emergency loans and grants to save these businesses.
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (R) who represents New York’s 19′th Congressional District, visited the 300,000 Square foot industrial complex in Cornwall that was largely wiped out by Hurricane Irene.
Following a few media reports, the devastation came to the forefront and officials requested to visit the site. First of them was the Congresswoman who toured the site Sunday a week after the storm but has been missing in action since. Recently, Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for a $5 million SBA loan for a packaging firm that did business at that location until the Hurricane threatened to eliminate more than 400 jobs.
MonseyScoop.com has just spoken to a member of the family-owned Cornwall property who is on the scene. He says “huge sections of the buildings and warerehouses have totally collapsed; burned to the ground.”