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City's snowplows destroyed in early morning fire

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County offers to help if more snow arrives

UPDATED 10:45 A.M. — City officials are beginning to sort out the devastating fire that destroyed all but one truck equipped to plow snow when the city’s maintenance building burned early Sunday morning.

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City Clerk Robbie Hume said the city now has only one pickup truck equipped with a plow after its main snowplow trucks, along with most of its other heavy equipment, were destroyed.

Standing outside the burned building that sits at the end of Maintenance Drive adjacent to the county park, Hume said he’s confident the city will be able to provide snow-removal services despite the loss of equipment.

“The one pickup we have can handle much of the city, such as intersections,” Hume said, adding that he had already spoken with Anderson County Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton, who offered the county’s services.

“We can partner with the county and even bring in private contractors if we need to,” Hume said.

The was called in around 2:30 a.m. By the time first responders arrived, the building was fully engulfed, according to interim Anderson County Fire Chief Donald Cox.

Firefighters from the city and county departments spent hours battling the blaze, including using the city’s aerial truck to spray water on the building’s collapsed roof.

No cause for the fire has been determined, and there no reported injuries.

“It could have been a variety of things,” Cox said.

The city’s insurance agency was at the scene Sunday morning along with the state fire marshal.

The building appeared to be a total loss, along with the equipment that was parked inside.

At the scene, Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett along with several city council members inspected the damage. Goodlett said around 10 a.m. that he had already called in city staff and planned to put together an action plan on how to account for what has been lost in the fire and how to move forward.

“The good news is that no one was injured,” Goodlett said. “Everything in that building can be replaced.”

The fire comes just days after several snowstorms blanketed Lawrenceburg. By late Saturday, most city streets had been scraped and treated, but many still have icy spots. It was unclear early Sunday how the streets would be plowed were more snow to fall in the coming days.

According to weather.com, no snow is forecast for Sunday or Monday, although there is a 20 percent chance of snow Tuesday and Wednesday and a slight chance through the remainder of the week.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.