By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item
STRONG — A fire at an automotive dealership which injured a firefighter in Mount Carmel Township closed part of Route 61 for more than three hours Tuesday morning.
The fire started in a rear addition at George Tomol Auto Sales, located at 193 Front Street, near the intersection of Routes 54 and 61, shortly after 5 a.m., said Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush, who said crews were working at the scene until 1:30 p.m.
One firefighter was injured while fighting the flames, injuring his ankle when he fell through a floor in the building, Hollenbush said. No other injuries were reported and the business was closed at the time of the fire.
Route 61 was closed from about 5:15 to 8:30 a.m., with traffic being diverted around the area of the fire, Hollenbush said.
Police have not been able to determine the cause of the fire, Hollenbush said.
The building sustained heavy damage to the rear garage area, but the building will not be a total loss, Hollenbush said.
“Basically, the section (where the fire was) was an addition,” he said.
Firefighters were quick to put out the flames using a double-pronged attack, Hollenbush said.
“We got it out extremely quickly with an exterior attack and an interior attack,” he said.
The owner of the business does have some insurance, but Hollenbush did not know how much coverage.
“I still have to talk to the insurance company,” he said.