Good Question: 5 Months Later - What caused Irondequoit's DPW Fire?

May 23, 2017 07:01 AM

It’s been nearly five months since flames ripped through Irondequoit's Department of Public Works building, but a cause has never been announced.

The structure and millions of dollars of equipment burned to the ground on December 24, 2016. We know the fire started in the engine compartment in a large truck in the south bay of the building, but what ignited that engine?

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According to the final report from the Monroe County Fire Bureau, which investigated the fire, the cause is officially and will remain, undetermined.

"We really have no conclusive decision as to what sparked this fire," Town Supervisor David Seeley said.

Taney: I was told by investigators that undetermined does not necessarily mean accidental. Any concern something happened in that building that shouldn't have?

Seeley: Not at all. I was very upfront with our Chief of Police and District Attorney's office if there was foul play or a human element. We really wanted to know and they determined there really was no human cause or that this was intentional.

We found out the Town's insurance company is still investigating and has not reimbursed any money yet.

Taney: Are you confident you will get fully reimbursed from the insurance company?

Seeley: It's not going to be the cost of a new modern garage but we'll find ways to pay for it by other means.

The town is planning to build a new D.P.W. facility on state owned land near I-590 and the 104, Ridge Road corridor.

Taney: will it impact what people pay in taxes: 

Seeley: My hope is no. This (D.P.W. building) was a very old and aging structure that we had planned to replace anyway. If anything, this fire took a 10 year plan and made it more immediate.

The town will also be purchasing mostly used equipment to replace what was lost in the fire to lower costs.

Seeley hopes to break ground on the new facility next spring and open it sometime in 2019.


Pat Taney

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