An early-morning garage fire Wednesday destroyed much of Washington's fleet of dump trucks, Highway Department director Kevin Smith said.

The blaze started about 4 a.m. Firefighters responded to the garage along Blackville Road (Route 109) by about 4:30 a.m., after neighbors had reported hearing explosions. The garage was fully engulfed in flames when emergency officials arrived.

No injuries have been reported.

Among the firefighters to respond were those from companies in Washington, Roxbury and Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 and Northville in New Milford, reported First Selectman Mark Lyon.

Fire crews were still at the scene in mid-morning, as were state police, town officials and town highway personnel.

Authorities don't know yet what had caused the fire, but the state fire marshal's office was called in to investigate.

According to Mr. Smith, destroyed in the fire were six town trucks, lawn-mowing equipment, including a new roadside mower that had arrived just the day before, and maintenance equipment and parts, including mechanics' tools.

"When I heard the call, I was hoping they had the wrong address," said Mr. Lyon, on the scene as a firefighter, referring to a vacant building next door to the garage's 10 Blackville Road address.

Town officials already were assessing the damage while trying to come to grips with the loss of much of the town's highway and lawn maintenance equipment.

The first selectman and highway director agreed replacement of the trucks could take as long as six to eight months.

"We've got a good bunch of guys," remarked Mr. Lyon, "but they're going to be affected for a long time."

No further details about the blaze were immediately available.

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