Updated 06/01/2012 09:04 PM
Fire Damages Irondequoit Town Salt Barn
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About 75 firefighters responded to the salt barn at the town complex off of Titus Avenue. Fire crews later determined that the barn is a total loss and will have to be torn down. No one was injured.
Chief John McGee of the Point Pleasant Fire Department does not believe that the salt was a contributing factor to the fire, but says firefighters won't know for sure until the investigation is complete.
When crews arrived, the fire was mainly concentrated on the right side of the building.
“In route, there was actually a big header from where I was coming from, across town,” said McGee. “The whole corner side of the building was fully involved. Investigators are concentrating on that side of the building. The building is a total loss.”
McGee says there were small five gallon gas cans used for lawnmowers in the barn that may have caused the small explosions witnesses reported seeing. There are no other chemicals currently in the demolished shed.
The barn did house some new and old equipment, such as lawnmowers, sidewalk plows and other tools. Some of which only experienced heat damage, while others that were destroyed. However, most of the salt used for the winter months will be salvageable.
DPW Commissioner Patrick Meredith said they have already spoken to an insurance adjuster and have made arrangements to borrow equipment needed for current projects.
“I've already sent out an email to other highway superintendents saying I may be requesting some help if we lost a lot of equipment to help us finish a project we may have already started,” Meredith said.
There were plans in place to replace this building in the near future, so if this fire had happened down the road, the town would have had to replace a brand new building.
The cause of the fire is still unknown and investigators and fire crews will remain on site Friday evening until a cause is determined.