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Fire crews fought fire for four hours in Bethany

 Bethany, N.Y. - Emergency crews were still on the scene of a massive fire at the Baskin Livestock Feed Plant Friday afternoon.

According to the Bethany Fire Chief, Jeff Fluker, the incident began around 11 p.m. Thursday when the fire quickly spread from a room filled with feed to the rest of the plant.

It took over four hours and 200 hundred firefighters from 28 departments to bring the fire under control. Access to water and overexertion were the biggest concerns amongst the responding crews.

 Finding enough water to fight the flame was also an issue last night, said Chief Fluker. The firefighters had to drive a mile down the road and pump water from the creek.

The plant is a major employer in the small town - its employs about 100 workers.

But the chief says they've had experience with the situation before. There was a big fire here in 2008 and lessons from that fire are a part of the Bethany firefighters' training.

We do an extensive amount of fire training so everyone pretty much knows they can and can't do, said Chief Fluker. 

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