22 departments battle fire that destroys United Wire building

CLEVELAND — Twenty-two volunteer fire departments from three counties responded to a fire that destroyed the production facility of United Wire Technologies in Oswego County Sunday morning.

Cleveland Fire Chief Carl Avery said the fire started in the machine shop at about 9:30 a.m., and was discovered by an employee who was working alone on Sunday. The employee called 9-1-1 and tried to fight the fire himself, but it got out of hand. Avery said the flames spread to the entire production facility, which sustained extensive damage.

United Wire Technologies makes wire for guitar strings and the aerospace industry. Co-owner James Random said he is looking for another property in the area to resume production.

Chief Avery said the flames took an hour and a half to knock down. The volunteers drew water from both Oneida Lake and Mill Pond to fight the fire.

"It was a large fire," Avery stated. "We used a lot of water."

No one was injured. The cause remains under investigation.

Avery said 22 fire departments responded from Oswego, Oneida and Madison counties.

It has been less than two months since another factory fire in southern Oswego County drew a large number of fire departments. A factory at McIntosh Box & Pallet in Bernhards Bay burned on March 29, and Cleveland was the lead fire department in that firefight as well. Thirty-two volunteer departments responded to the McIntosh fire.