Fire Destroys Trucking Company in Southern Tier

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 5:53 AM EDT

By WKBW Internet

April 22, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 5:53 AM EDT

TOWN OF POMFRET, NY (WKBW) - Firefighters in the Southern Tier battled flames for hours after a fire engulfed two buildings at a Pomfret trucking company.

The massive blaze set off a series of explosions at Hills Trucking, Inc., sending flames and smoke high in to the air that could be seen from miles away.

"I mean it was just constant, bang, boom. And then we had, I'm not really sure what blew-up, but we had a giant fireball," said Matt Davis who worked in the garage.

Employees say they believe the blaze began in the cab of one of the trucks being worked on inside the garage.

"I got to the first bay in our garage and the truck that was in front was already fully on fire and the flames were hitting the ceiling," said Davis.

That garage also housed propane and oxygen tanks used for welding, along with all the semi-truck tires, each filled with 100 pounds of air pressure.

Fire crews had to shut down part of Route 60 south of Fredonia for several hours until the fire was under control.

Meanwhile the devastated business, which has been running for nearly 50 years, will have to start over.

"The big thing is that the people got out. Nobody got hurt, that's what is more important. I mean this is tough for everybody here. There is a lot of family involved in the business and the owner built it from the ground up," added Davis.

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