By Melissa Hale-Spencer
ALTAMONT — As villagers mourned the loss of Altamont’s landmark garage this week, speculation was rampant about the cause of the June 5 fire that gutted the long-time repair shop.
Corky Bruckman remembered getting his first job there at age 10 or 11, changing oil and pumping gas, which led to his career as a mechanic.
“They just don’t make them like that anymore,” he said of the brick and block four-bay garage that was built at 127 Main Street in 1946 by Bill Makarowsky, who had returned from fighting in Europe during World War II.
Robert White, chief of the Altamont Fire Department, which battled the blaze in the wee hours of last Wednesday morning, described it as “one big fireball.”
“It’s still under investigation,” said Daniel McNally, a lieutenant with the Guilderland Police Department, when asked on Tuesday if the fire was accidental or set intentionally. We haven’t ruled in any way at this point.”