Firefighters continue Doyle investigation
Wed, 16 May 2012 14:30:57 GMT —
Quincy firefighters returned to the scene of a fire that destroyed a building at Doyle Equipment Manufacturing.
to read our story about the Tuesday night fire.
Officials are expected to determine the cause of the fire later this week, but said Wednesday they did not find anything suspicious. The five-alarm fire that started shortly before 6 p.m. was visible from areas all over the Tri-States.
The fire at 4001 Broadway began in the the east side of the building that contained the powder-coat paint department.
"Everything in the building, there's pretty much nothing salvageable. If you look at the structure, there's some tin from the sides of the building and the roof and pretty much everything else is lost," Monty Doyle, president said.
"We've had a lot of local businesses that have called and offered support to be able to blast and paint some of our equipment," Doyle said.
The building that houses the blasting and powder coating is a total loss and Doyle has no plans to rebuild.
"All the main frames that we manufacture are mild steel. The other parts stainless, so we're going to job that part out and then go stainless steel," Doyle said.
Doyle says the damage to the facility will not change any plans with the company's move to Palmyra next year.
"It's going to be a major inconvenience for a while. Our new facility is probably 18 months away before we get into that, so there's going to be a lot of out sourcing," Doyle said. "products are going to have to be transferred out of here and trucks will have to pick them up, so it's going to be a major setback for us, but we'll get through it. It's just one of those things where you have to get up and go."
He says it could have been a lot worse had it not been for our emergency responders.
"I just want to commend the fire department last night. They had their game shoes on. They had everything very organized and the police department did a great job shutting down Broadway. I have to commend them, they did a great job," Doyle said.
No one was seriously hurt in the fire, though Quincy's Assistant Fire Chief, Tom Bentley, said two firefighters had minor injuries from moving equipment at the scene.
The company builds dry fertilizer blending, conveying, tending, and spreading equipment, according to its