MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A fire discovered Wednesday morning by a Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District employee at the agency's six-bay garage off Eagle School Road caused thousands of dollars in damage to five vehicles and equipment, officials said.
The white interior walls of the district's green metal building at 2810 Eagle School Road were blackened with soot, but otherwise appeared to be stable.
"They're probably going to have to bring an engineer in to look at it," Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department Chief Marty Roberts said of the building's structural integrity after leaving the fire scene about 9 a.m., little more than two hours after being dispatched.
If the building has to be replaced, losses could increase to $1 million, Roberts said.
"(The property) suffered a tremendous amount of heat and smoke damage," Roberts said.
The fire apparently started in a 2005 Ford F-550 utility truck sometime after employees left work Tuesday, according to Roberts and Curtis Keller, the sewer district's general manager.