Fire destroys Montgomery trucking garage

MONTGOMERY The co-owner of a garage that burned in Montgomery on Saturday afternoon said the building is a total loss. About six area fire companies responded to a two-alarm fire at the garage off Route 17K about 12:30 p.m.The garage is co-owned by Mary Briggs and her husband, Frank, who lived there. The two operated Big Briggs’ Trucking until they left the business in 2008, Mary Briggs said, adding that the property is still partly owned by the company.”I don’t know what happened,” she said about 1 p.m. Her husband was sitting on a stretcher nearby with emergency responders, who said he was OK.

Mary Briggs said she left the property about 9 a.m. By the time she arrived in Middletown, Briggs’ husband called to say the garage was engulfed in flames.”He said it started somewhere in the kitchen,” she said, adding that she was still out of breath from running about half a mile to the property from the nearby Citgo gas station.

The road was blocked off by fire police to accommodate the large response. Briggs was not sure if her husband was inside when the fire started, but he managed to save their dogs and cats, she said. She noted he had to drag her car up the driveway’s hill because he could not get back inside to grab her keys or his cell phone. The garage mostly housed mechanical tools from the trucking business and some of Frank Briggs’ possessions.”I’m just surprised that it even happened, or how did it happen? It had to be quick,” she said. Incident Commander Brian Quinn, second assistant chief at the Montgomery Fire Department, said nobody was harmed during the fire, but a Coldenham firefighter was being evaluated for chest pain.

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