DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Dubuque Fire Marshal Mark Burkle tells KCRG-TV9 the damage estimate for the fire that destroyed Link Hydraulic is over $1 million.
Dubuque firefighters work a business fire at Link Hydraulic early the morning of Thursday, February 8, 2017. (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG-TV9)
Burkle said Dubuque authorities are still working with insurance company investigators, but it appears the fire started in the area of a waste oil furnace.
Link Hydraulic owners Andy and Anne Link say they're devastated and heartbroken to see their business destroyed by an early morning fire.
Firefighters got the call just after four in the morning, and Andy Link arrived on scene shortly after.
Anne Link says the business means everything to her husband.
"He's here more than he's at home, so this is his life, this is very important to him," she said.
That dedication is felt by the people he does business with, like Dubuque County Road Superintendent Chad Danielson.
"They do a good job for us. We can usually call them last second and they can get us what we need," Danielson said.
Larry Oyen, Commercial Manager at Turpin Dodge, agrees with Danielson.
Oyen said, "they're a pleasure to do business with. They're very prompt and accurate with what they do. Very good at what they do."
Oyen says the Links worked on many trucks for him.
In fact, one of Oyen's trucks was inside the shop as it burned.
"As long as nobody got hurt I mean vehicles and stuff can be replaced," Oyen said.
Officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire, although fire marshal Mark Brukle says he doesn't believe it's suspicious.
The Links aren't sure what's next for their business., but they know there's a village of people ready to help them.
"That is kind of the silver lining to all of this. Is to have all these people to step up and help," Anne Link said.
Flames flared up slightly at around 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 8.
The owner of Link Hydraulic, Andy Link, tells TV9 he is absolutely devastated.
Link said there was a variety of equipment inside including snowplows and heavy construction equipment vehicles.
They also had a showroom and offices in the building.
The Asbury and Centralia fire departments were called to assist with the fire.
The departments are on scene with the bulk of the fire being controlled by heavy fire streams.
No one was evacuated from the building or injured.
The building is considered to be a loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Use caution when driving on Highway 20 Eastbound as fire departments are working in the area.
Right now Dubuque firefighters are on the scene of a business fire.
At 4:09 a.m., the Dubuque Fire Department responded to a fire at Link Hydraulic at 180 Westside Court.
That's just off of Highway 20, on the west side of Dubuque, near Menards.
We have a crew on the scene and will bring you the latest details as they become available.