Fire in Montgomery County destroys highway department’s winter fleet

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. — A fire in Crawfordsville destroyed more than a dozen vehicles, putting the Montgomery County Highway Department in desperate need ahead of winter.

According to Rod Jenkins, director the highway department, the fire broke out around 7:15 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Whitlock Avenue. The department’s entire winter fleet was destroyed, including 13 tandem dump trucks and some service trucks.

Jenkins said investigators don’t know what caused the fire. The department’s garage was engulfed when he arrived after hearing about the fire. Crews had it under control by about 10:30 p.m. Some nearby residences were evacuated as a precaution.

“The call went into the fire department about 7:15 somewhere along there,” Jenkins said. “As far as how it happened, we don’t know yet. We had 13 tandem dump trucks in that building, a bucket truck and a couple service trucks and they’re all totaled.”

Jenkins said no one had been called into the facility over the weekend and that the property had been empty since Friday afternoon.

“Heartache because here we are with winter coming on and our insurance people, I think, are looking for trucks right now so we can get through the winter,” Jenkins said.

He estimated the total loss from the fire at $1.5 million. No one was hurt.

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