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Firefighters contain large fire at Gap distribution center after 10 hours

Posted at 1:39 AM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 09:41:29-04

VILLAGE OF FISHKILL, N.Y. – Firefighters have contained a large fire that destroyed a building within a Gap, Inc. distribution center in Dutchess County Tuesday.

The large blaze began about 10:30 p.m. Monday on the second floor of the 990,000-square-foot building, fire officials said. After 10 hours of fighting the raging inferno, most of it was contained to one of the two buildings on the Fishkill campus. Firefighters from at least three counties have been called in to battle the blaze.

One firefighter was injured and no workers were hurt.

Gap spokeswoman Debbie Felix says all employees at the site have been accounted for and are safe.

"Safety is our top priority, and we are working closely with local emergency agencies that are responding to this incident," Felix said in a statement.

The facility opened in 2000 and expanded a year later. The company announced plans in 2014 to add 1,200 jobs over a five-year period and invest $96 million into the distribution center. The facility had more than 425 employees at the time of that announcement.

The store ships to Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy stores in the northeast, according to a Gap worker at the scene. It is the distribution center for online sales nationwide.

"Gap distribution center is one of our main employers,"  Assistant Dutchess County  Executive Ronald Hicks said. "At peak, it employs about 1,300. Now it's about 600 people who work in that building."

"It's believed workers in the undamaged building will be able to work soon," Hick said.

It's unclear what caused the blaze.  State police is asking anyone who witnessed the fire to call their hotline 845-677-7300.