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Published December 28, 2010, 05:28 PM

$3 million in equipment lost as fire destroys Clay County building in Barnesville

An estimated $3 million in equipment was lost when a fire this afternoon destroyed the Clay County Highway Department building in Barnesville.

By: Wendy Reuer, INFORUM

BARNESVILLE – An estimated $3 million in equipment was lost when a fire this afternoon destroyed the Clay County Highway Department building in Barnesville.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said a new road grader worth about $200,000 was inside the building, along with two road graders, three plow trucks and a payloader.

Because of the losses, county officials are worried about snow removal efforts with two snowstorms expected to hit the area later this week.

Assistant County Engineer Nathan Gannon said officials are working to rent backup equipment in anticipation of the first system expected to hit early Thursday morning.

Fire crews gave up the battle to save the building about two hours after the fire was reported about 3:30 p.m.

Firefighters from Barnesville and Sabin decided to let the fire burn out when they realized the building couldn’t be saved.

No injuries were reported, said Bergquist, who added that no employees were inside the building when the fire started.

The Salvation Army is on the scene.

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