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Massive weekend fire at former leather mill called suspicious

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UPDATE: Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating what they're calling a suspicious fire at the JBF Mill.

The Gloversville Police Department, Gloversville Fire Department, Fulton County Office of Emergency Management and the Office of Fire Prevention and Control are working together to determine what started the fire on the corner of Foster Street and W. Eleventh Avenue last weekend.

According to a news release from the Gloversville Police Department, physical evidence has been collected from the scene and is being sent to the New York State Police Forensic Laboratory for processing. Police are also obtaining surveillance video from the scene.

Anyone with information should contact (518) 773-4513.

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CBS 6 has a crew on the scene of a mill fire in Gloversville on 11th Avenue and Foster. This is across from the Kingsborough School.

Right now, authorities have blockades up in the area. It is residential surrounding the old building.

The fire started sometime before 8:00 am Saturday morning.

People who live nearby tell CBS 6 that the structure is a former leather mill, and that there is a strong odor, possibly from old chemicals once used in the mill.

Gloversville Mayor Dayton J. King is on the scene and has given CBS6 permission to share his video of the fire.


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