Sodus looking ahead after fire destroys Highway Department barn


SODUS, N.Y. (WROC) —A large fire broke out at the Sodus Highway Department barn Saturday night, destroying the building as well as a fleet of snow plows and salt trucks stored inside.

The fire could not have come at a worse time, as winter officially began that same night. Now, the town and the people who live there are worried what will happen if the snow comes, but no trucks are available to plow the roads.

“Chaos. If we get snow, there’s no way they’re going to get it moved,” says Clarence Jackson.

“What a major loss. This is going to be devastating for awhile. Hopefully we can get through this,” adds Fred Crane.

“It’s the whole town. It’s the trucks, it’s the force for cleaning the roads and everything” said Dan Roder adding, “I hope the surrounding towns pick up and help out.”

“The other villages will (hopefully) say ‘hey, we’ve got an extra plow’ and they’ll let us use them. Everyone’s going to take care of everybody. Come on, it’s Wayne County,” says Mark Bumgardner at Bubba’s Tavern.

The town of Williamson has pledged several plows to Sodus if it needs them. Right now, the town hopes to recover and repair three trucks still left inside the charred building.

A Sodus town official told us the town is working hard to find a solution. A meeting is scheduled in the town of Sodus Monday night to discuss the fire and what plans are in place moving forward.

The New York State Department of Transportation said they are aware of this situation but, made no decision on whether or not they plan to take action.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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