9 fire departments, 60 firefighters extinguish fire at Fort Payne Public Works

No one was injured.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2019 5:30 PM
Updated: Feb. 8, 2019 10:58 PM

UPDATE: (9:00 p.m.) It took 9 fire departments and 60 firefighters from DeKalb County to put out the fire that destroyed much of the public works building.

Tim Williams is the director of the public works department and said he has an idea of what might have caused the fire.

"On cold nights, we bring a lot of our vehicles in, so they don't freeze. It appears one of those vehicles appears to have caught on fire and caught the building on fire," he said.

The Fort Payne fire marshal is still investigating right now and cannot confirm that is the cause. It took a little over two hours to get the fire under control.

Stacy Smith, the assistant chief fire marshal in Fort Payne, said putting the fire out initially started as a defensive tactic. As for the public works crew, they're just happy no one was injured. Not all of their trucks and equipment were destroyed, so now, their focus will shift back to work.

"We should be able to send crews out and get our job done, even though we won't have a building to stay in right now," Williams said.

The building used to be an armory for the National Guard from the 1950's to the 1980's. It's covered by insurance, so the public works crew hopes it can be rebuilt because of the historical significance to the area.

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Fort Payne police confirmed Friday at 5:30 p.m. that fire crews were at the scene of Fort Payne Public Works at 3rd St NE in DeKalb County.

Surrounding roads to the building were blocked. Crews are working to determine what caused the fire.

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