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Fire is out and building will be torn down

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – A lone onlooker, who said he was a former Orleans Pallet employee, walks the railroad tracks tonight at about 10:30 when firefighters were packing up and heading home after six hours of intense firefighting.

ALBION – The huge blaze that feasted on a three-story stone warehouse has been put out. The structure still stands but that may not be the case tomorrow.

Albion Fire Chief Rocky Sidari said he expects the Medina sandstone building to be knocked down on Friday.

Shawn Malark is the owner of the building and also president and CEO of Orleans Pallet, which takes broken pallets and rebuilds the wooden crates for businesses, primarily the agricultural industry.

Sidari said more than 100 firefighters battled the blaze. All 12 fire departments in the Orleans County were on scene, with additional manpower from departments in Niagara, Genesee and Monroe counties.