HENNIKER, N.H. – Using plows loaned by the state and surrounding towns, crews were back at work in Henniker, New Hampshire, on Monday, three days after a fire destroyed its plow fleet.
Town Administrator Christine Trovato said the storm that was dumping up to 14 inches of snow on the state was getting cleaned up and she hadn't heard complaints from any of the town's 4,800 residents. She said some people have even volunteered to use their own vehicles to help clear snow and while she appreciates the offer, the work would "be a little rough on their trucks" and the town is managing with loaners.
"They've been very supportive," she said. "It's heartwarming. This is their town, so they're stepping up."
Trovato returned to her hometown just a week ago, starting the administrator's job last Monday after 21 years in Seminole, Florida.
The fire Friday night is believed to have started in the engine of one of the trucks in the town's garage. Five dump trucks used as snow plows, one road grader and several other vehicles that were stored in the town garage were destroyed. The damage could exceed $1 million.
Trovato said the state loaned the town three trucks, the town of Weare came through with a grader, Rymes Heating Oil loaned a truck and the town contracted with another provider. Neighboring crews in Deering and Hopkinton are also plowing over town lines to help Henniker, about 20 miles west of the capital city of Concord.
Trovato said the town's insurance company is investigating the fire along with the state fire marshal. She said the fleet will be replaced.