A building leveled after a fire broke out in Amsterdam on Friday was part of a Buddhist community.
People from the Buddhist community started buying property five to six years ago, said Jeff Urbanczyk, battalion chief of the city’s fire department, on Saturday.
One of the buildings he purchased was located at 235-237 E. Main St.
The building was the site of a four-alarm fire on Friday.
Fire Department Chief Anthony Agresta said Friday that the fire, which was called at around 11:30 a.m., had already spread to an exterior wall, attic space and top scaffolding.
The circumstances initially prevented an internal response from firefighters and the situation worsened until additional personnel arrived. The fire department brought the fire under control by 3.30 pm
The building was leveled on Friday after it was determined to be structurally unsafe.
Urbanczyk said the building was under construction.
He said a group of people were standing outside the building when the fire broke out but it was not clear whether they were inside when the fire broke out. However, there is no report of any injury.
He could not remember exactly who owned the building. As per the appraisal documents, the owner of the building is listed as Tri-Halo Construction Inc. Its full market value is $75,000.
Urbanczyk said that in years past the building was a multi-use space with both residential and commercial areas.
Tri-Halo Manufacturing could not be reached for comment.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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