NEAR DISASTER AVERTED AT HIGHWAY GARAGE

Fast thinking and quick work prevented some possible major damage to the Franklin County highway garage. About a dozen fire departments from all over Franklin County jumped into gear to prevent a repeat of last December’s disaster at the Vermontville Highway Garage. That fire not only destroyed the building, but it also took with it, a number of vehicles, and lots of equipment. On Saturday morning just before 8:30, a fire was reported in the structure on State Route 30 in the town of Malone. Firefighters arrived fast, and were able to make a quick knockdown. They now say the fire appears to have started in the welding area at the rear of the building. They also credit a closed door separating the welding area from the rest of the garage, with containing the blaze to mainly that one area. While the welding area itself was heavily damaged, the rest of the building was spared. Heavy snow and the subzero temperatures didn’t make the firefighting efforts any easier. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.