Blaze destroys trucking garage

January 15, 1998

Blaze destroys trucking garage


Staff Writer, Charles Town

MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. - A fire destroyed the Liskey Trucking Co. garage off W.Va. 51 in Middleway Thursday night.

Firefighters were hampered by a lack of water as the flames engulfed the metal building filled with tires, tools and other trucking equipment. They used tanker trucks to shuttle in water from hydrants miles away.

A ladder truck was extended over the burning building to pour water and foam on the blazing tires. Owner Dave Liskey estimated 40 tires were stored inside.


Orange flames shot 20 feet to 30 feet into the air. Firefighters sprayed water from hoses on the ground, but the blaze was too hot to fight from the inside.

Most of the metal walls appeared to have either melted or fallen as a result of the blaze.

"It looks like the Fourth of July with the acetylene tanks blowing," said Floyd Markle, who lives across the street from the garage.

He said he was concerned that the fire would spread to the fuel tanker trucks parked at the site.

No one was injured, said Independent Fire Co. Chief Ed Smith.

Liskey said he received a call that the building was on fire. No one was working at the garage at the time, he said.

Liskey and other family members went to the garage to save as much equipment as they could and to move some of the rigs parked close to the building, Liskey said.

He said he believed the fire started in the back section of the garage, where the furnace is housed.

The trucking company employs 12 people and does local and long-distance hauling, Liskey said.

Firefighters tried to prevent the fire from spreading to other tires stacked and rigs parked nearby.

Dozens of firefighters from across Jefferson and Berkeley counties were battling the fire at press time.

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