Trucks, County Records Destroyed In Johnson County Fire

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A truck valued at around $275 thousand is among the destroyed property at a Johnson County Secondary Roads Department building, which caught fire Monday evening.

"It's devastating to have something like this happen," Greg Parker, county engineer said. "It's unexpected; it will have an impact on the department."

Two other trucks have been deemed "totaled" by county officials. In all eight trucks were damaged in the blaze, which likely was ignited by an exploding fuel or hydraulic tank, Parker said.

County supervisor Pat Harney estimated the damage to be over $2 million.

"It's almost mind boggling," Harney said. "We'll have discussions and start looking at what we can do next."

Hundreds of county records, which had been stored at the facility, were also damaged and destroyed in the blaze.

"There were a lot of records stored in the attic," said Harney. "The auditors records, treasurer, county attorney, it's just a huge loss and concern."

The county is now working with insurance agents to see what will be covered. It's not clear what impact the lost records will have on the county.
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