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  • Middletown Public Works building damaged by fire

  • An electrical wiring failure is being cited as the cause of a fire that damaged a Middletown Public Works building late Tuesday night.
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  • An electrical wiring failure is being cited as the cause of a fire that damaged a Middletown Public Works building late Tuesday night.
    A passerby first reported the blaze in the town’s fenced-in public works complex at 431 Haveg Road at 11:19, according to Volunteer Hose Company Fire Chief Frank Bailey.
    The first firefighters on the scene immediately saw smoke coming from a garage containing six utility trucks used by the town’s electrical department, he said.
    Close to 80 firefighters from Volunteer Hose Company, the Odessa Fire Company and the Townsend Fire Department were able to bring the fire under control in less than 30 minutes.
    The state fire marshal’s office ruled Wednesday that the fire was accidental in nature.
    Damage to the building was estimated at $20,000, although it was not immediately clear how much damage was sustained by the utility trucks.
    A town spokeswoman said the vehicles will be undergo a diagnostic inspection to determine whether any repairs are needed.
    “That passerby who reported the fire probably saved the town a lot of money because the fire was not far from being a lot worse,” Bailey said. “Officers from the Middletown Police Department also saved a lot of time by unlocking the gates before we got there.”
    No injuries were reported.

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