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Cause Of Fire At Historic Cornwall Building Under Investigation

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CORNWALL, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – More fire crews have been called to help at a former Hudson Valley textile mill gutted by a fire that sent up smoke visible 50 miles away in New York City.

The fire started shortly before 11 a.m. in historic Cornwall.

CBS 2 reports windy weather made it difficult to battle the blaze in the building which was once a mill and dates back to the 1800s. The building now houses about a dozen small businesses.

Thick, black smoke from the fire was visible for miles and witnesses said they could smell it as far south as the George Washington Bridge.

One firefighter was injured.

Officials say the fire was contained Sunday evening. But pockets are expected to continue burning for a couple of days. Firefighters were struggling to get enough water to the scene because a number of hydrants didn’t work.

CBS2’s Emily Smith spoke with Fire Chief Patrick Hines who told her that it took 200 firefighters from 18 companies to fight the fire. He said that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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