Fire crews battle early morning fire in vacant warehouse

HUDSON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Fire investigators have been taking photos and sifting through charred remains trying to determine what caused the fire, but right now, they are tearing the warehouse down carefully and slowly.

It’s a devastating loss for one local non-profit.

The fire was under control as of noon, but fire could still be seen curling out the top of the building.

The call for the fire came in around 3 a.m. Nearly 200 firefighters battled the blaze for hours.

A neighbor says he heard fire crews arriving just after 3 a.m.

Massive flames engulfing the Hudson warehouse is what neighbor Bruce Allen awoke to Wednesday morning.

“I went to the window all I seen was orange and smoke and it was really going when I woke up,” said Allen. “It had to have been going at least an hour before they got here.”

A neighboring apartment building, the Hudson Terrace Apartment building, has been partially evacuated after the fire’s heat began to melt the apartment building’s vinyl siding.

Police went door to door evacuating at least 12 people. No one was injured.

The fire chief says crews used millions of gallons of water in the fight, and pulled much of that water from the nearby Hudson River.

In September, the warehouse was donated to a small non-profit youth organization called “Kite’s Nest.” The plan was to develop the building into a community youth center with other non-profits.

“A space for safety and hope and healing and education for youth in our community,” Executive Director of Kite’s Nest, Kaya Weidman, said.

That dream won’t happen, at least not at this warehouse, as the structure is now slowly being torn down.

“This is not the end for us,” Weidman said. “This is time for us to regroup and grow our vision even stronger.”

It’s a mission they can’t complete on their own.

“We’ll need a lot of help and encouragement and support in the process,” Weidman said.

Another local organization did lose some items they were storing there.

“The building stored all of the boats and equipment and materials that belonged to the Hudson Sloop Club, this wonderful non-profit educational organization in town,” Weidman said.

Next to the warehouse is a community garden, a source of food for local families.

“Almost 30 families have their plots here in the garden,” Weidman said.

So far, there is no word on the cause of the fire.

“We’re still dedicated to this being something that belongs to the young people and to the community of Hudson,” Weidman said.