SIDNEY — A fire in the attic of the repair shop at Kramer’s Inc. on West River Road Wednesday morning caused significant damage.

The fire was reported by the owner of the tractor retailer, Cliff Kramer, when he arrived at work around 7:30 a.m.

Kramer said that when he opened the bay door of the repair barn, smoke came out and he could see fire glowing near the ceiling lights.

Kramer and employees tried to put the fire out and pull equipment out of the shop while Sidney firefighters responded.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the Augusta Fire Department said that it took more than two hours to “dig the stubborn fire out.” Fire crews were clearing the scene by 10 a.m. The cause is unknown and the Office of the State Fire Marshal has been called to investigate, the department said.

Kramer, standing outside the shop Wednesday morning as fire crews cleaned up, said that five trusses were damaged in the fire and the roof of the repair shop may need to be replaced.


There were no injuries in the fire, and Kramer said he was able to remove tools and equipment from the building before it was damaged. He didn’t know what caused the fire, but suspected that it was electrical.

The Sidney department called in assistance from Augusta, Oakland, Belgrade and Rome to tackle the fire.

“Everyone was very prompt,” Kramer said. “Thank God for their help and support.”

Peter McGuire — 861-9239

Twitter: PeteL_McGuire

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