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Friday, November 21, 2014

2nd Alarm Fire - Frackville Pennsylvania - 11.21.14

Flames destroyed a borough tavern and apartments Friday morning. Firefighters were called to Amberdeen's Fine Food and Beverages at 62 N. Lehigh St. around 6:45 a.m. and found heavy smoke coming from the building.  

Firefighters from Frackville, Shenandoah, Englewood, Altamont, Mahanoy City and Shenandoah battled the fire and managed to get the flames under control in about 30 minutes.

“When we arrived there was a lot of smoke pouring from the building where the fire originated,” said Goodwill Hose Company Asst. Chief Bill Lindenmuth. “Four total buildings with damage with smoke or water, one with substantial fire damage.”

The first floor of the building that was home to the bar and restaurant sustained extensive damage while apartments on the upper floor were damaged as well.

Smoke damage was possible to two adjoining buildings _ the Frackville Public Library at 56 N. Lehigh St., and the Compact Sweeper Co. at 66 N. Lehigh St.

Firefighters are still at the scene and North Lehigh Avenue, Route 924, remains closed due to hoses and fire apparatus.

Rapid Intervention Teams were at the scene from both Pottsville and Mahanoy City along with EMS units from Frackville and Shenandoah.

No firefighter were injuries as well as no civilian injured during firefighting operations.

No cause has been listed for the blaze.

Fire officials say brick fire walls prevented the spread of the fire.

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.) 

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