MINDEN, N.Y. (NEWS10) —The Montgomery County community of Minden’s highway department suffered a serious blow this weekend when a massive fire destroyed the entire building, wiping out all but one of their vehicles. News10’s Anya Tucker interviewed the department’s superintendent, who is also a firefighter, about the loss and how surrounding communities are helping out.

Fort Plain fire crews were piecing things together at their station around 11 a.m. Sunday, after battling an hours-long blaze at the Town of Minden Highway Garage. There were no injuries, officials said, but the garage and most of the equipment inside were a total loss.

The Town Court and Municipal Building were saved, according to a statement from Town Supervisor Cheryl Reese. Both received only smoke and water damage, she said.

Several plows, a tractor, and other highway maintenance equipment were destroyed in the blaze. “We are currently working with other townships and municipalities to assure our roads remain plowed and our services remain intact,” said Reese. “We did have one truck out on repair, so that was spared.”

“We are sad for the Town of Minden, the highway department, and Superintendent Hanifin,” a spokesperson for Fort Plain Fire Department said in an online statement. “Superintendent Joe Hanifin is a current member and our president.”

Hanifin told News10’s Anya Tucker that he was one of the first firefighters on scene after receiving an automated notification around 1am Sunday morning that a fire alarm was going off at the garage. He told Anya that he left the garage hours earlier on Saturday evening around 6 o’clock after he and his crews finished plowing the roads, due to the day’s long snowstorm. “Everything was secure,” he said. “All the trucks were off. The heat was turned down. I even washed the pickup that’s [now] destroyed in the back before I went home.”

Pictures and videos of the blaze quickly circulated on social media Sunday. Posting a video on Facebook, the fire department said, “As you can see, things were well out of control on arrival.” It took them about three hours to knock down the fire.

One bright spot: The surrounding communities including the Towns of Root, Oppenheim and Palatine Bridge, Charleston, Richfield, Stark and several others are lending some of their own snowplow’s equipment. “I am just so grateful to have the support from the other superintendents and the other highway departments,” said Hanifin. He added that they will need the help as they file claims for insurance and begin the process of replacing the lost equipment and vehicles.

The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control has launched an investigation into the incident. Their probe remains ongoing, and no cause had been publicly released by press time.