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Equipment Damaged In Fire At McDonald Public Works Building

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) – There was no mistaking these flames seen high over the town of McDonald Monday afternoon.

“We got the call you could see it in the sky,” said Assistant Fire Chief Rich Phillips. “It was fully involved.”

Officials say the fire itself was contained in about 15 minutes, but when the flames were finally extinguished, the damage to the community was significant.

The fire damaged the McDonald Public Works Building, home to the town’s most important equipment, summer and winter.

“That’s all the grass cutting and back hoes for the parks,” Phillips said, pointing to the damage left by the fire. “And all the snow removal equipment, which we don’t need right now.”

Officials say no one was injured and there’s not estimate yet on the total damages.
McDonald did get help from neighboring communities because of what was damaged inside. Investigators aren’t sure yet what caused it.

“It’s under investigation right now,” Phillips said.

The McDonald council is expected to meet Tuesday to discuss how to replace the damaged equipment. While most of it was related to snow removal, some of it could be used right now.

“The back hoe and the pickup truck we saved,” said Phillips. “Everything else is pretty much gone.”

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