Jan 30, 2015 11:03 PM

2-alarm fire in Henniker destroys town garage, equipment inside


HENNIKER - A Friday night fire destroyed the town garage and all its contents, including vehicles and equipment.

The fire broke out shortly before 8 p.m. Friday. The first crew on the scene saw heavy fire out of one of the garage bay doors.

That crew also found heavy fire inside the building and called for a second alarm.

At about 11 p.m., heavy smoke still was pouring out of the building although the fire had been knocked down. Crews still were working to put out hot spots. The acrid smell of burning rubber and fuel filled the air at the scene.

Henniker Fire Chief Steven Burritt said the trussed roof prevented crews from entering the garage to fight the blaze because of the danger of collapse. Crews had to fight the fire from outside the building. The roof eventually collapsed and all the vehicles and equipment inside the building were destroyed.

Burritt didn't have an estimate of the cost of the contents on Friday night.

"A lot, but I can't put a number on it," he said, in response to a monetary amount.

Burritt also said he is unsure of how the town will deal with upcoming snowstorms with the loss of all the trucks. The plow blades are stored outside of the garage and were not damaged.

"We have plows, but nothing to put them on," Burritt said.

Crews from Deering, Hillsborough, Hopkinton, Bradfore, Weare, Bow and Concord assisted the Henniker Fire Department at the scene.

No one was injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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