Fire engulfs Theresa Department of Public Works garage, office

wwny Fire engulfs Theresa Department of Public Works garage, office

THERESA, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Department of Public works garage and office in the village of Theresa burned Tuesday.

Volunteers from several department were called to the building shortly before noon Tuesday. Smoke could be seen from miles away.

“There’s a ton of smoke, but a lot of it is the firefighting efforts of what causes that smoke. It’s a fire, we get a lot of smoke with fire,” said Jefferson County Fire Coordinator Joe Plummer.

Early reports from the scene indicated a vehicle inside the two-stall garage caught fire and flames engulfed the entire building. However, officials on the scene could not confirm that and said the cause is under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

A dump truck, snow plow, snowblower and tools were inside, officials said.

“It’s obviously a setback. The important thing is that our DPW crew is safe. As far as equipment and all that stuff, that can be replaced, that’s what insurance is for,” said Theresa Mayor Jon Walker.

The town of Theresa has already offered to share its equipment with the village.

“Thankfully, in a small community like this, I’ve already been reached out to by the town with offers of support; the village of Philadelphia with offers of support,” said Walker.

“We have a fantastic shared services between the all the municipalities and the county for everything. Regardless what’s happening here, neighbors are going to help neighbors and we’re gonna make sure roads are plowed and that kind of stuff to get through this problem,” said Plummer.

Mayor Walker mentioned he believes some DPW workers were using torches to remove a tire from one of the vehicles parked inside the building.

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