Lower Windsor Township's public works building and much of its highway maintenance equipment was destroyed by a fire early Thursday.
Workers saved two trucks and lawnmowers that were in use at the time,
but the fire destroyed the township's dump trucks, plows and other equipment.
Lower Windsor Police Chief Tim Caldwell said five personal vehicles that belonged to employees were also destroyed.
"Their workplace and job is now destroyed, they actually have personal property that's now destroyed," he said.
Caldwell said the fire is devastating to the entire community.
"Are we going to have trucks? Are we going to have salt? Are these guys
going to be able to do their jobs? All their equipment and the things we
depend on them to do has been taken away," he said.
More than 80 pieces of fire equipment from York and Lancaster counties responded to the fire along Walnut Valley Court just before 8 a.m.
Neighbors said they were awakened by several explosions, which continued after firefighters arrived on the scene and kept the crews from controlling the blaze.
"I heard big explosions and then I came outside my house and it sounded like a gunfight going off," said Josh Mego, who lives nearby.
Employees had been in the building earlier in the morning, but no one was inside when the explosions began.
Township manager Maureen Hartman said a lot of combustibles were stored in the building.
Officials have not yet determined the cause.
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