A massive fire is burning at Industrial Steelworks Park in Lackawanna. Crews from Hamburg and Buffalo are responding.
Thick, black smoke is billowing from the site. The plume is hanging over Lackawanna and can be seen from Buffalo. Eyewitnesses report seeing the plume in Orchard Park. Authorities are urging people living in Lackawanna to Athol Springs to shelter in place.
On Facebook, Hamburg police issued a warning to residents. They say folks should keep doors and windows closed and avoid going outside.
Authorities say a hot light bulb that fell onto cardboard has sparked a massive blaze at the former Bethlehem Steel site outside Buffalo, prompting a shelter in place order for nearby residents.
WGRZ-TV is reporting that Fred Heinle, the director of development for the city of Lackawana, says the fire started early Wednesday when a hot bulb fell on some combustibles at the industrial site just south of Buffalo.
The flames have since diminished, but smoke continues to spew from the building, which includes a recycling business.