Tolland DPW building, equipment destroyed by fire

Surrounding towns have agreed to help remove snow and clear the roads

(From ReportIt: Corey Tribula)

TOLLAND, Mass. (WWLP) – The town of Tolland in Hampden County has no equipment to tackle the snow that continues to fall.

A fire destroyed the Department of Public Works building on Colebrook River Road.

Tolland Fire Chief Eric Munson told 22News, “This is the most devastating thing to happen to the town.”

Munson said the fire started shortly after 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

He said it took firefighters two and a half hours to put the fire out and estimates that more than $1 million dollars’ worth of equipment was destroyed.

Everything was burned, including all of the town’s winter equipment. The only thing that was saved was a grater and a back hoe.

Munson said fire departments from a 40 mile radius were called to help put out the fire, including three departments from Connecticut.

“We’re a very small town, obviously not a lot of money in the bank,” Munson said. “Hopefully insurance will cover it. Our neighboring towns will help support us, I’m sure, as well as the state. We’ll get through it. We’re from the Hilltowns, we’re used to this stuff.”

The town of Tolland has asked the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for assistance getting supplies. Surrounding towns have agreed to help remove snow and clear the roads.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.