WATERLOO, Iowa — Firefighters are trying to determine how a construction company’s workshop caught fire Monday night, destroying several vehicles.
Workers at Midwest General Construction had just left the building at 3535 Logan Ave. after welding when there was a loud explosion, said Gabby Troiano, daughter of co-owner Paolo Troiano.
“They were getting ready for the winter season,” she said. “My dad has waited all year for winter.”
Paolo Troiano said he had just fitted the vehicles for snow removal.
The first major snowfall for Iowa is expected to come Wednesday, according to forecasts.
The daughter said she was inside the home, which sits across the yard from the workshop, when she heard an explosions. She looked out the window and noticed the flames.
Several other small explosions followed, apparently from fuel tanks in the building.
When crews with Waterloo Fire Rescue arrived, the metal building was engulfed, said Waterloo Fire Battalion Chief Mike Jenn. The blaze claimed a backhoe, a boat, two motorcycles, two trucks and countless tools.
“That had everything my dad would need,” Gabby Troiano said.
Firefighters were able to save one truck, which was parked next to the building, driving it to a safe distance. Even so, the heat burned part on half of the vehicle.
WATERLOO, Iowa --- Fire heavily damaged a pole building containing vehicles at Midwest General Construction, 3535 Logan Avenue, at about midnight Monday, business and Waterloo fire officials said.
Firefighters arriving at the scene found the structure fully involved, Waterloo Fire Battalion Chief Mike Jenn said.
Business co-owner Paolo Troiano said the company does snow removal in the winter, and the vehicles inside had just been fitted for that purpose in anticipation of a winter storm Wednesday and Thursday.
The pole building served as the maintenance shop for the business, Troiano said.