- Fire damage to County works building could top $2 million
The Ontario Fire Marshal's office is investigating
this morning's fire that reportedly caused about $2 million worth of
damage not only to the new Simcoe County public works building on the
8th Line west of Beeton, but destroyed several pieces of the snow
removal fleet, a two-year-old grader, and front end loaders.
It's believed the fire may have started sometime overnight, and caused
by a short/electrical issue in one of the vehicles, and was not
detected until approximately 6 am when New Tecumseth firefighters were
called to the scene at 6609 Cty Rd 1. All three stations were summoned,
and mutual aid manpower support called in from Adjala-Tosorontio and
Bradford West Gwillimbury.
The County works yard has only been in operation about six weeks, and
replaced the depot that was located at the corner of Main and Patterson
Street in Beeton. As a result of the extensive damage, and with a snow
storm forecast over the next 24 hours, Simcoe County has had to shift
some snow removal equipment from Creemore in case its required to clear
the County roads in the New Tecumseth area. The Town has also committed
to provide snow clearing service if required.