Iowa county loses half of snowplow fleet to fire

Published On: Mar 27 2013 09:03:10 AM CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -

Johnson County has lost about half its snowplow fleet to a fire at a county building on the west side of Iowa City.

Three trucks are likely a total loss. Five other trucks were damaged as well in Monday's fire.

No one was hurt in the blaze. The fire cause is being investigated, but it appears to have started in the garage.

Johnson County Engineer Greg Parker says the county's remaining dump truck/snowplows and motor graders should be able to handle any spring snowstorms that may hit the area.

County Supervisor Pat Harney says some county records stored in the building's attic also were damaged or destroyed.