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More than $1 million in damages after maintenance shed burns

The fire happened at 5:59 p.m. Friday. The fire happened at 5:59 p.m. Friday.
Several vehicles including a sewer jet truck worth $250,000 when it was purchased new five years ago were destroyed. Several vehicles including a sewer jet truck worth $250,000 when it was purchased new five years ago were destroyed.
The city also lost backhoes, ditch witches, four wheelers and several tool boxes. The city also lost backhoes, ditch witches, four wheelers and several tool boxes.
Fuel in the vehicles and several hundred gallons of paint intended for the water tower fueled the fire. Fuel in the vehicles and several hundred gallons of paint intended for the water tower fueled the fire.
The city is looking for any equipment from other municipalities that have upgraded and looking to get rid of old equipment. The city is looking for any equipment from other municipalities that have upgraded and looking to get rid of old equipment.
HARRISBURG, IL (KFVS) -

Harrisburg city leaders are working to come up with a plan to recoup more than $1 million in lost equipment after the vehicle maintenance shed for the water and sewer department burned down Friday night.

It happened at 8:59 p.m. Friday.

Firefighters are working to determine the cause.

Several vehicles including a sewer jet truck worth $300,000 were destroyed.

"We lost our two service trucks and our sewer jet truck," said Kelly Hefner superintendent for Harrisburg Water and Sewer Department. "Which probably is our biggest loss financially. It also hurts us maintenance wise, we use it on a daily basis. To clean out sewer mains that get plugged. And to excavate water leaks."

The city also lost backhoes, ditch witches, four wheelers, two mowers and several tool boxes.

Fuel in the vehicles and several hundred gallons of paint intended for the water plant sludge ponds fueled the fire.

But, as bad as the damage is to the department and equipment by the fire. It destroyed more than that for the six-man department.

"It is tough because to a lot of us this is our second home," said Superintendent Hefner. " We spent a lot of time here. And it's not just the value, this is a place we're all used too. And everybody here really loves."

The sewer and water plant is up and running.

The city of Eldorado has offered its sewer jet truck for the city to use.

"We're not going to miss a lick on our day to day operations. It's kind of tripped us up, but we're just going to keep going," Hefner said.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Gregg says the planning commission, water/sewer superintendent, and Illinois Department of Commerce will meet Tuesday to see if there is emergency funding the city would be eligible for.

The city is also looking for any equipment from other municipalities that have upgraded and looking to get rid of old equipment.

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