Cause of fire at Montgomery County Highway Department ‘undetermined,’ state finds

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CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – Extensive damage at the Montgomery County Highway Department left investigators unable to find the cause of a fire that destroyed much of the county’s winter fleet.

According to the city of Crawfordsville, the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled the cause “undetermined” after investigating the fire.

The fire broke out on Nov. 6 at one of the buildings on Whitlock Avenue. Crawfordsville Fire Chief Scott Busenbark said the state has closed its investigation. The chief was told ruling was due to “the extensive amount of damage and that a cause could not be made because of the damage.”

The fire destroyed more than a dozen trucks that would be used to clear the snow in the winter. County Commissioner Terry Hockersmith said the trucks were fully insured but worried that it would take up to six months for replacements to arrive.

Hockersmith said the county had received offers from several neighboring counties and city street departments to help.

Damages from the fire could exceed $3 million.

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