Firefighters investigate blaze at Gap Distribution Center

A massive fire raged at the Gap Distribution Center in Fishkill overnight.

A massive fire raged at the Gap Distribution Center in Fishkill overnight.

A massive fire raged at the Gap Distribution Center in Fishkill overnight. (8/30/16)

FISHKILL - A massive fire raged at the Gap Distribution Center in Fishkill overnight.

Fire officials say the blaze broke out around 10:30 p.m. Monday at the 1 million-square-foot facility located near the intersection of Route 9 and I-84. They say it appears that the fire started on the second level of Building No. 100 and quickly spread.

Fire officials say when crews arrived there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the building and firefighters went inside to fight the fire. But they say that within about seven minutes, firefighters had to pull out because it was too dangerous.

Fire crews from Dutchess, Putnam and Orange counties were called in to fight the massive fire. It took until about 3 a.m. to get the flames under control. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

There were more than 100 employees working in the building at the time that the fire broke out but all got out safely.

Michael Mojica, who lives nearby, woke up Tuesday morning to find the road blocked and fire crews still at work.

"When I came out this morning, there was a line of cars, traffic was backed up and the fire trucks were everywhere and the cops were pouring in," Mojica said. 

Investigators say although the fire is out, firefighters will be standing by the distribution center for much of the night to ensure that the fire doesn’t reignite.

Employees were stationed at the main gate turning people away with signs that said the campus was closed.

The distribution center is a critical hub and is the site where clothes are shipped to all northeastern retail stores of the The Gap and its sister stores Banana Republic and Old Navy. It is also where all online orders are processed. 

Over 600 people work at the facility full-time and as many as 1,300 people work there during the holidays. 

Dutchess County officials say this is the area's largest employer and that they are stepping up to help. 

There is no word yet on how long the cleanup will take.

"We will be helping them in any way we can, whether it's looking for space to do some of the operations that have been done in this building or to assist their employees in the short term or long term," says Dutchess County Deputy Supervisor Ron Hicks.

A massive fire raged at the Gap Distribution Center in Fishkill overnight.

Fire officials say the blaze broke out around 10:30 p.m. Monday at the 1 million-square-foot facility located near the intersection of Route 9 and I-84. They say it appears that the fire started on the second level of Building No. 100 and quickly spread.

Fire officials say when crews arrived there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the building and firefighters went inside to fight the fire. But they say that within about seven minutes, firefighters had to pull out because it was too dangerous.

Fire crews from Dutchess, Putnam and Orange counties were called in to fight the massive fire. It took until about 3 a.m. to get the flames under control. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

There were more than 100 employees working in the building at the time that the fire broke out but all got out safely.

"I could see smoke from my apartment and I was like 'something serious just happened,'" said Colton Craig.

The fire was still smoldering at the building as of 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

Employees were stationed at the main gate turning people away with signs that said the campus was closed.

The distribution center is a critical hub and is the site where clothes are shipped to all northeastern retail stores of the The Gap and its sister stores Banana Republic and Old Navy. It is also where all online orders are processed. 

Over 600 people work at the facility full-time and as many as 1,300 people work there during the holidays. 

Dutchess County officials say this is the area's largest employer and that they are stepping up to help. 

"We will be helping them in any way we can, whether it's looking for space to do some of the operations that have been done in this building or to assist their employees in the short term or long term," says Dutchess County Deputy Supervisor Ron Hicks.

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