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Local business destroyed in major fire

By JOLEEN FERRIS

VERONA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Bill  Herrig's pit bull, Tyson, started barking a little after 5:00 am Wednesday. Herrig looked out the window on Heelpath Road in Verona and saw an orange glow. 
 
It was his business, Herrig's Garage, going up in flames.
 
It took more than six departments to put out the fire. Fire officials knew they had their hands full before they even left the fire station.
 
"As soon as we pulled out of our station we could see the heavy smoke and flames so we knew it was going pretty good," said New London Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Fields.
   
Herrig looked at the smoldering remains of the business he'd built over the past 28 years in quiet disbelief Wednesday afternoon.  Friends and neighbors stopped by, asking what they could do. "Say a few prayers," was Herrig's response.
    
Herrig lost years' worth of records, his equipment, tools and 5-6 cars he was working on for customers.  He says he'd come out to his garage to find a car with a note on it, asking him to fix it.  The note would say the writer's friend told them that Herrig would be good to them or do right by them. 
     
Herrig says he does have insurance, but isn't yet sure how much money he might receive. He says he could begin fixing cars again pretty quickly if he buys a small outbuilding and replaces his tools. 
    

Still no word on a cause of the fire.  

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