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Williamsville Fire Devastates Local Business

Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 11:32 AM CDT

WILLIAMSVILLE -- Firefighters responded early this morning to Donley Trucking because the garage was on fire.

It quickly spread and soon the whole  building was engulfed in flames. 

Burning with it one third of Donley Trucking's fleet. The newer trucks were housed in the garage along with a tire shop adding fuel to the fire. 

"Multiple departments, Sherman and Williamsville were the first on scene. We struck a second alarm for tanker support because of the size of the fire and struck a third alarm for manpower and engines," said Deputy Chief Tommy Nases, Williamsville Fire Department. 

Todd Donley and his family have owned the trucking company for three generations. He estimates the loss at upwards of $400,000. 

"This time of year as busy as we are it's very bad. We're going to try and buy some trucks and replace some trucks but we just haven't got that far yet," said Donley. 

But, business doesn't take a break. 

"As soon as we get the ok we have to get my customer's boxes off the trucks and on to some other trucks so they can be delivered to the job site, that's our first goal today right now," said Donley. 

 That customer is the Illinois Department of Transportation. IDOT officials were on the scene inspecting the culverts to make sure they are still useable. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials are looking into the possibility of weather playing a role.

"We will be getting reports of lightning strikes from the National Weather Service," said Nases. 

In the coming weeks rebuilding won't be easy, but Donley Trucking is already getting some help.

"We're going to have to replace the trucks, that would be the first step. Replacing the building's not an issue other than our tire shop. It contained about 60 to 70 of our tires and rims and everything is gone, but I've already had two tire suppliers we use bring out some tires for us so we at least have enough to keep going," said Donley. 

Some employees might have to take a few weeks off until the company can get more trucks, but they intend to rebuild as quick as they can. 

Williamsville Fire Devastates Local Business


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