Heavy flames and smoke damaged a city-owned maintenance building in Brookings, late Sunday.
According to the Brookings Fire Department, the call came in around 10:00 p.m. Sunday and the fire was put out around 11:30. Several pieces of machinery owned by the City of Brookings were damaged in the fire, but crews were able to salvage some of it. The building housed skid loaders, tar to repair roads and other machinery for city use. Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann tells KSFY News nobody was hurt in the fire but there was significant damage to the building.
Investigators from Brookings and the Division of Criminal Investigation will be on the scene Monday to try and determine a cause.
"The building's going to be the heavy loss. I think we lost one skid loader. We actually got a lot of the other equipment with the help of the street department, we actually pulled a lot of that equipment out to safety. I'm sure there's going to be some heat and smoke damage to it but I think we saved quite a bit of equipment," Brookings Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann said. "We'll probably have some police reserves stay on site just for safety. Part of the buildings were ready to collapse, and we've got that area kind of cordoned off at this time. But just want to keep public out of this area at this time."