WILTON – Despite nearly 80 firefighters’ best efforts, a fire gutted the Adirondack Trust bank branch on Route 9 in Wilton on Tuesday afternoon.
Greenfield Chief Justin Burwell said the call came in around 2:20 p.m., and although they arrived in minutes, the blaze was already shooting through the roof. Thirty minutes later, the roof collapsed.
“It was tough because of the weather conditions,” said Burwell. “There was no hydrant close by so we had many crews bringing us water, but the water was freezing. The road conditions also hampered the crews. They had to go slow getting here.”
Burwell said the wind contributed to the speed at which the fire spread through the wood and brick bank at 650 Maple Ave. (Route 9) that was built in 1991.
The employees left the branch near Northern Pines Road early, just before 1 p.m. A man plowing the parking lot noticed the smoke and called 911.
The four Greenfield fire companies: Maple Avenue, Greenfield Center, Porter Corners and Middle Grove responded. Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Corinth and Gansevoort crews did too. Schuylerville and Rock City Falls fire departments stood by to help, if needed.
Burwell said no one was hurt and other structures were not under threat.
“The closest building was Stewart’s, and that was a good 100 to 150 feet away,” Burwell said.