Christmas morning fire destroys West Seneca Highway Dept. building including multiple snow plows

West Seneca

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The West Seneca Highway Department building and some equipment inside is destroyed, including multiple snow plows.

“Other vehicles they were able to get out, some may have some damage. There’s a few vehicles that have tar dripped on them from the roof but all in all it could’ve been much worse,” said West Seneca Town Supervisor Gary Dickson.

Officials in West Seneca are working to learn more information about a fire that broke out at the town’s highway department overnight.

Crews were called to the scene just after 2 a.m. on South Avenue.

Four snowplows were damaged in the blaze and a total damage estimate isn’t yet known.

“The heat, the intensity and things like that could’ve damaged components and what not and we just want to make sure everything is functioning and safe before we put those in service and have our drivers out on the road,” said West Seneca Highway Superintendent Brian Adams said.

Town officials say because they’re now down multiple vehicles, the town will be borrowing equipment from nearby municipalities.

“We’re trying to, in the meantime, fill that void and get some equipment from other municipalities and I think we’ll be ok,” Adams said. “The next few months are going to be a little rough but we’ll still provide those services.”

A West Seneca town official added that an emergency meeting will be held Sunday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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