No injuries reported after oil barrels explode at T&R Towing in Bath

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UPDATE (9/25/2020 – 3 p.m.) – Fred Roberts Auto Parts building caught fire again around 3 p.m. this evening. Fire crews responding to the scene for the second time attempting to put the blaze out.

Here’s viewer footage from Aleisha Knapp of the flames from today:

Stick with 18 News for the latest updates.


UPDATE: T&R Towing posted on Facebook that their Environmental warehouse and the Fred Roberts Auto Parts buildings were destroyed in Thursday’s fire, but their dispatch office sustained only minor damage. The business is open with a temporary dispatch location.


UPDATE: BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – New details have been released overnight on that massive fire in the Village of Bath.

“On Thursday September 24, 2020 at 2:50 pm the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a working structure fire at T&R Environmental Services Haz Mat building located next door to T&R Towing on Route 415 North of the Village of Bath. Large plumes of heavy black smoke could be seen for miles.

Assistant Chief Sean Walruth was first on scene and immediately started calling for mutual aid tankers for water and manpower. In all 16 department were called to aid in our effort to bring the massive fire under control.

Originally T&R’s Haz Mat building was fully involved in intense flame and heavy black smoke. There were several large fireballs that went high into the sky from the barrels of oil that were exploding. Crews were set up to try to protect the T&R office and dispatch center and the Fred Roberts Auto Parts buildings located on each side of the Haz Mat building.

The dispatch building was saved, however the intense heat got into the Fred
Roberts Auto building totally involving that as well due to the heavy load of oil, paint, paint thinner and other flammable materials inside the auto parts store.
It took roughly 4 hours to bring the fire under control and a few hours more to mop up and extinguish the fire completely.

By the time Bath units got back in quarters and got the equipment back in ready condition for calls
it was approximately 11:30 pm. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Bath Volunteer Ambulance was on scene in case of injuries and to monitor firefighters thru the duration of the fire.

Law enforcement agencies went door to door of the local homes in the immediate area to evacuated them to safety.

Brian Polmanteer, who is the owner of T&R wants to extend his gratitude to all the departments and everyone that came to help in his time of need. He is just grateful none of his employees or any of the firefighters were seriously hurt during the fire.

The Village of Bath Fire Department shared additional photos of the blaze.


BATH, N.Y. (WETM) – The large fire at T & R Towing in the Village of Bath has now been contained, and nearby homes on Spaulding Drive were temporarily evacuated.

Reports of the fire came in around 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon and smoke could be seen in the sky through the Village. The business pictured is located on Route 415 and the road has been closed near the fire.

Sixteen fire departments responded, as well as New York State Police, Bath Police, and the Steuben County Sheriff’s office. An employee at a nearby gas station tells 18 News that explosions were heard right before the fire started.

Steuben County Director of Emergency Services Tim Marshall tells 18 News that the fire is still under investigation. The fire did spread to Fred Roberts Auto Parts next to the towing company.

Officials believe that the T&R Towing building is potentially salvageable despite the heavy flames and smoke

Dave W

18 News has a reporter at the fire and will have more updates as it becomes available.

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