Fire destroys R Bentley Tree Service’s storage garage

A fire in the hamlet of Sammonsville leveled a storage garage owned by R Bentley Tree Service on Tuesday. Firefighters from Sammonsville, Town of Mohawk and Meco responded. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

JOHNSTOWN – A two-story garage holding thousands of dollars worth of equipment for a local business was destroyed by a raging fire Tuesday.

The cause of the blaze, at 109 Soule Road in the hamlet of Sammonsville, is still being investigated.

Richard Bentley, who owns the garage, said it held all of the equipment he uses in his tree service business, R Bentley Tree Service.

“We have no insurance. You just don’t expect it to burn,” Bentley said.

“It was where I stored all of my equipment. Years of contracting equipment and all of our chainsaws and climbing gear.”

Bentley said he doesn’t think any of his equipment can be salvaged. He estimated the loss in the thousands of dollars. He said the garage had been built in 1985.

Bentley’s daughter, who lives in the home next to the garage, was home when the fire started. She was home with her husband when he went out to start his car and noticed smoke.

Sammonsville Volunteer Fire Department was first to respond to the call, with Town of Mohawk Fire Department and Meco Volunteer Fire Company at the scene as well.

By Chad Fleck

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