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Crews from 16 departments respond to fire at Brutus trucking company

BRUTUS — Over a dozen fire departments worked to extinguish a structure fire Sunday afternoon at Page Trucking, located at 2768 Trombley Road in the town of Brutus. 

Multiple drivers from the New York State Thruway reported the fire at around 12:40 p.m., according to Cayuga County 911. The 3.87-acre property is visible from the Thruway, located just before exit 40. According to Weedsport Fire Department Safety Officer John Clark, the structure, a large garage, was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. 

Clark said crews were working to put out the fire as quickly as possible to minimize damage to surrounding structures, however the garage is a total loss. The garage was filled with oil, gasoline and other chemicals which Clark said allowed the fire to travel quickly. He said adjoining structures may be salvageable with only smoke damage. 

Clark said he does not know where in the building the fire started or what caused it. He said the fire does not appear to be suspicious at this time, but it will be "some time" before a cause is know. Fire investigators were already at the scene. 

Crews were still battling flames nearly two hours after the fire started.

"The fire is under control but far from out," Clark said at around 2:10 p.m.

In addition to Weedsport, crews from Auburn, Port Byron, Throop, Sennett, Cato, Aurelius, Mottville, Owasco, Montezuma, Skaneateles, Conquest, Cayuga, Flemming, Ira and Victory responded to the fire. Cayuga County Emergency Services, Jordan Ambulance and AMR Ambulance were also at the scene.  

As of 3:45 p.m. Sunday, firefighters were still at the scene. 

Dan Titus, one of the owners and president of Page Trucking, said due to "strong contingency planning," the fire will not have much of an impact on the business's operations.  

"We appreciate the response and effort of all the first responders," Titus said. "We don't expect it to truly cease operations, more so just an inconvenience in the short term until we can get a new facility erected."  

Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie. 


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