Fire at Irondequoit DPW building causes millions of dollars of damage

Crews battle large fire at Irondequoit Department of Public Works

Irondequoit, N.Y. – A large fire broke out late Saturday night at the Irondequoit Department of Public Works on Kings Highway.

The building holds the town’s highway department fleet, including plow trucks and sanitation trucks.

Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley told 13WHAM News that several town vehicles have been destroyed and this fire has caused millions of dollars of damage. He says the top priority is the safety of all first responders on scene.

"We lost by all counts our sanitary and sewer fleets and about a third of our snow and ice removal vehicles," Seeley said. "Our goal is to have a continuity of services so by the next time it snows, we’re ready to tackle the roads and make sure they are safe for the people managing the roadways."

Parts of the building started to collapse just before 1:00 a.m. Sunday, roughly three hours after the fire began.

Dozens of fire crews were on scene fighting the flames throughout the night and into Sunday morning. At least part of the building is expected to be demolished.

It's unclear if anyone was hurt.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Seeley released a statement Sunday morning about the fire:

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo issued a statement after going to the fire scene Saturday night.

I am thankful for the unparalleled level of cooperation we saw last night and the spirit of community we see when crisis occurs. I’ve already spoken with the heads of Monroe County DOT, our Department of Environmental Services and our Public Safety Department and ordered them to do everything in their power to help provide uninterrupted service to the residents of the Town of Irondequoit. Monroe County stands ready to provide our support in any way possible.
During the fire, Monroe County Public Safety personnel and I were on site and providing support to help limit the impact of the fire. As a result of the fire, public safety communications were impacted briefly due to power interruptions but our incredible team brought in additional resources to ensure public safety radios continued to operate with minimal interruption.”
I want to thank our firefighters, police, public servants and Red Cross personnel for sacrificing time on Christmas Eve by leaving their friends and families to work together to respond to this fire. I am continually impressed and humbled by the efforts our community’s first responders.

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