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Communities around Sodus look to assist with vehicles, manpower after devastating fire

Outgoing, Incoming Supervisors work together after Sodus highway building fire

Update: Sunday, 6 p.m.

The community is reeling after the Town of Sodus suffered one of the greatest losses in over a decade.

“This is the worst disaster in the 14-years that I’ve been supervisor,” said Supervisor Steven LeRoy to 13WHAM-TV.

He’s referring to the blaze that destroyed the Town’s highway building on Rotterdam Road on Saturday.

Within minutes of the call coming in, the building was fully-engulfed with flames shooting out of the roof.

Four of the Town’s seven snow plows were damaged beyond repair, according to the Supervisor.

“It’s a huge setback,” LeRoy added. “I mean this is the time of year when we rely on those plows.”

Incoming Town Supervisor Scott Johnson, who was selected by voters to succeed the retiring Supervisor LeRoy, says the community will get through it.

“This town’s never been through this, as far as the highway department is concerned,” Johnson said. “But again, with all the help that’s been offered, we’ll get through it.”

Multiple municipalities including the Villages of Sodus and Wolcott, along with the Towns of Wolcott, Palmyra, Williamson, Huron and Arcadia have all offered assistance, according to the Town’s leadership.

It’s shown both how the communities in Wayne County can come together when dealing with loss.

“Each town helps the other town when they really need something,” Johnson added. “It’s a really close-knit county.”

Officials say neighboring communities have offered assistance

Update: 7 a.m.

A highway building that was upwards of 50 years old in the town of Sodus has been destroyed.

Crews were called to the scene of a structure fire at 88 Rotterdam Road on Saturday. The call came in shortly after 7 p.m.

By 7:30 p.m. firefighters from 15 departments were on-scene, dealing with the large, working structure fire.

Sodus Town Supervisor Steve LeRoy said the building was a total loss. Additionally, multiple trucks inside were also seriously damaged.

The best estimates indicate that four vehicles were destroyed, and three will be salvageable. That part remains to be seen, though.

The Town of Sodus will have to work with other local communities to get through the winter. Firefighters say the Sodus Highway Department has among the most-mileage for their fleet to cover. Among the vehicles destroyed in the blaze – are snow plows.

No one was hurt, and Supervisor LeRoy said that the devastating fire could have been worse if the flames had spread to the west side – where fuel tanks sit.

It took nearly two hours to get the fire out; and first responders on-scene said it was a difficult fire to put out.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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