Fire breaks out at Dryden gun shop

Firefighters work to contain a blaze at Boltworks Tactical Firearms in the town of Dryden (photo provided)

(Updated 8:30 a.m. Saturday)

DRYDEN, N.Y. — Flames ripped through a guns and ammo store in the town of Dryden Friday afternoon, causing untold damage to the shop’s infrastructure and inventory.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, the Dryden Fire Department was called to a possible structure at Boltworks Tactical Firearms, located at 129 Beam Hill Road.

Firefighters arrived to find the gun store up in flames. A second alarm was dispatched, and fire departments from Cortlandville, Etna, Freeville, Groton, Harford, Homer, Lansing, Locke, McLean, Varna, and Virgil provided mutual aid, along with Dryden Ambulance, the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.

There have been no reported injuries, and all firefighting personnel were back in service by 11:30 p.m., according to Dryden Deputy Fire Chief Mark Bell.

The gun store bills itself as “a full service firearms dealership focusing on family, safety, and tradition.” It is owned by Jamie and Caren Arnold.

New York State Police, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are investigating the cause of the fire.