Massive clouds of black smoke filled the sky Monday afternoon along Route 60 near Webster Road in Pomfret as at least two of Hills Trucking buildings caught fire and burned.
Fire departments from the surrounding area battled the blaze, hampered in their efforts by a lack of immediately available water. Tanker trucks were busy refilling, emptying their loads, and then returning for more water.
A Webster Road pond was being used to fill the tankers while a lengthy stretch of hose was being put into place to help. A series of small explosions were heard coming from the buildings as the blaze intensified. During one of the explosions, a smaller metal tank was propelled to an area adjacent to where some fire trucks and firefighters were set up.
Traffic on Route 60 was being redirected, with vehicles in lengthy lines several times.
Departments seen at the fire included the city of Dunkirk, East and West Town of Dunkirk, Fredonia, Sheridan, Sunset Bay, Hanover, Cassadaga, Stockton and Chautauqua County Emergency Services.