For nearly thirty years, Cross and Sons have sold and serviced tractors to customers from five states and beyond. Thursday night around 10:30 fire ripped through the Cross and Sons service building. Firefighters say the cause was likely electrical. The fire turned several tractors and all the mechanics tools into burned rubble.
Explosions from fuels and chemicals blew giant holes through the building, but the owner says quick work by firefighters kept several gas tanks from blowing up the rest of the Cross and Sons Farm Sales complex.
Mr. Cross says damages are adding up to nearly a million dollars. The good news is no one got hurt, the company had full insurance and they hope to have a new service center rebuilt in three months. Meanwhile, the mechanics are getting new tools and will continue fixing broken tractors using other outbuildings not damaged in the fire.
Much of Cross and Sons' business comes in from West Virginia.