Fiery Morning at Family Construction Firm

February 23, 2011 Updated Feb 23, 2011 at 8:13 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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February 23, 2011 Updated Feb 23, 2011 at 8:13 PM EDT

(Town of Darien, N.Y.) A morning fire severely damaged a woodshop used by Gary Dominick & Daughters Contractors on Simonds Road in the Town of Darien.

Darien Fire Company, along with four other mutual aid fire companies, spent most of the morning putting out hotspots and sifting through debris.

Firefighters had to be cautious because the buildings metal and wood truss construction made for a perilous situation.

"Trusses are a problem just due to the construction," says Darien 2nd Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Luker.

"It's a light weight wood construction with metal plates. Under fire load, they don't hold up very well like a traditional roof from the 1800's might with heavy rafters. So, we have to be very careful. Trusses are known to collapse and have killed firefighters in other districts."

Gary Dominick & Daughters Contractors specializes in restoring old barns. According to owner Gary Dominick, the woodshop was used to make hard-to-get parts.

No one was hurt.

The fire completely destroyed one of the buildings walls and damaged several pieces of equipment. Family members said the damage tab would easily exceed $50,000.

"I'm keeping it in perspective," says Gary Dominick.

In 2005, Gary volunteered to be part of a church relief team that traveled to Louisiana to do reconstruction after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the area.

While today's fire is devastating, Gary says his faith, that led him to help the people of Louisiana, will help him rebuild his business.