Multiple fire crews continued to work on a large fire this morning at the former Stone Construction building at 8662 Main St. in Honeoye, said the Ontario County Emergency Management office.
HONEOYE — Multiple fire crews continued to work on a large fire this morning at the former Stone Construction building at 8662 Main St. in Honeoye, said the Ontario County Emergency Management office.
The fire began around 4 a.m. Aug. 22. As of 11 a.m., the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
The three-story structure nearest to Main Street was completely destroyed by the fire. Demolition of the building was planned for 11 a.m. The building, which was the oldest on the site, had just undergone asbestos removal and was slated for demolition prior to the fire. A building next door on the site, which was also owned by Commodore, appeared untouched by fire.
Honeoye Chamber President Audrey Carrier says it's a relief that the fire didn't spread to other buildings.
"Commodore is already a tremendous asset to community," she said.
Residents heard the commotion from more than a mile away of sirens, and people yelling "fire" early this morning.
People walking by the scene said they were "shocked." James Walsh, who worked as a spray painter for Stone Conveyor, said he was very sad to see the destruction.
"Commodore had offered a lot of hope for the town to revitalize the economy," Walsh said. "I don't know what this means for them."
Joey Rought, who lives nearby, said his Facebook was "blowing up" with people talking about the fire.
"Sad - Nothing like this ever happens in Honeoye," he said.
After more than 60 years in Honeoye, Stone Construction closed in March 2012. The Main Street building was expected to house the third location for Commodore Technology — which also has locations in Canandaigua and Bloomfield.
According to Ontario County records, Ontario Holdings LLC (Commodore) bought the vacant property from Chesapeake Holdings Stone LLC, for $550,000. The purchase included the former Stone Construction building, along with an early 20th century school building that had also once housed manufacturing.
A custom-packaging company with locations in East Bloomfield and Canandaigua, Commodore had planned to open the building for light manufacturing and warehouse space by the end of the summer.
Main Street in Honeoye was closed this morning from West Lake Road to East Lake Road. Ken Adami, assistant fire chief with Honeoye Volunteer Fire said there were no injuries.
The owners were not on the scene and insurance information is unknown at this time.
Fire companies that responded to the scene include the Richmond Fire Department, Naples Fire Department, East Bloomfield-Holcomb Fire Department, Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department, Bristol Volunteer Fire Department, West Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department, Ionia Volunteer Fire Company, Victor Volunteer Fire Department, Hemlock Fire Department, Livonia, Lakeville, Springwater and Atlanta.
— Includes reporting from Julie Sherwood and Scott Pukos