Fire breaks out at building in Irondequoit Town Hall complex
Posted at: 06/01/2012 3:51 PM | Updated at: 06/01/2012 6:52 PM
Irondequoit no longer has a salt barn.
The barn went up "in about five minutes" around 3:20 p.m. today, Friday, June 1, said Irondequoit Department of Public Works Commissioner Patrick Meredith.
Meredith said the blaze started in a cold storage area on the east side of the barn and quickly spread to the whole barn, destroying it.
The "cold storage" is actually a covered, garage-like area where some of the department's equipment is stored, Meredith explained.
Yes, some of the department's equipment was destroyed, Meredith said, but he has not yet assessed the damage.
The salt barn, where road salt for the winter months is stored, is located northeast of the Town Hall grounds, just off Kings Highway North and not far from the intersection of Titus Avenue.
Since salt doesn't burn, the town may be able to salvage some of the salt, Meredith said, "but it (the salt) may have received more damage from the water from the fire hoses."
Meredith said he thought most, if not all, of the five fire companies in Irondequoit responded to the blaze.
The department had planned to build a new salt barn later this summer, Meredith said, adding that he has already contacted other area DPWs, alerting them that Irondequoit may need some assistance, particularly with equipment that was damaged or lost, this year.