“About 80 percent of the storage facility is gone,” said PennDOT equipment manager Robert Schegan.
The facility was made up of three wood-frame buildings, two of which were reduced to vertical beams and ashes. Schegan, whose office is in Schuylkill Haven, said he had not visited the facility for over two weeks. However, crews were at the shed earlier in the day, but left at approximately 3 p.m.
Schegan estimated about 800 tons of rock salt and anti-skid was damaged in the fire, resulting in a loss of nearly $40,000.
“It’s all a loss,” Schegan said.
Additionally, Schegan said a loader was damaged. He also estimated replacing the storage sheds would cost nearly $250,000 apiece.
“This means that we’re going to have to store the materials outside until we can get new buildings reconstructed, which can take six to eight months,” Schegan said.
The third shed will be investigated for possible structural damage.
Seven companies responded to the fire.