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September 7, 2010

Lewisburg fire destroys buildings and 12 vehicles

LEWISBURG - A fast-moving fire destroyed eight barns, garages and storage buildings and 12 vehicles early this morning along White Pine and Hawn alleys, between South Seventh and South Eighth streets.

The alarm came in at 1:15 a.m. and the first firefighters on the scene reported a raging blaze. Firefighters from White Deer, Union Township, Milton and Watsontown assisted Lewisburg volunteers at the scene.

There were no reports that the fire damaged homes or apartments, although some of the structures destroyed or damaged in the fire were historic buildings. No injuries were reported.

The fire started in a 150-year-old barn near the intersection of White Pine and Hawn alleys.

State Police Fire Mashal Norman Fedder said the damage was too excessive to determine a cause.

“There was electricity going to the building,” he said, adding that the structure was not completely secured.

The fire likely spread along power lines across the alley and sparked the other buildings. Fedder said the first person to call 911 reported hearing a “popping noise” and saw the fire inside the building when he went to investigate.

Fedder approximated the damages in excess of $200,000. The owners of the properties have insurance, he said. It appears many were renting garage space to residents in nearby apartment buildings.

Fire units remained at the scene until about 5:20 a.m.

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