The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 29, 2013

Answer on Elysburg fire cause expected in coming days

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— ELYSBURG - State police and the local fire marshal are investigating the cause of a fire that consumed a storage building located behind Vic’s Transmission.

An investigation took place this morning and an answer is expected within the next few days, said Bob Dluge, the assistant chief of Elysburg Fire Department.

The building was owned by James Levan, who lives just outside Elysburg, said Dluge. The primary contents of the building were two automobiles and a minor amount of automotive parts. Only one of the vehicles might be salvageable, said Dluge.

There is no damage estimate yet. Dluge said he believed Levan had fire insurance, but was not certain.

Nobody was hurt by the blaze, which had at least 10 regional fire departments responding at around 4:05 p.m. Sunday. While the main fire was knocked down within 10 minutes, firefighters were out until 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. putting out additional fire hotspots within the building, said Dluge.

While some of the building is still standing, there was significant damage to its rafters, said Dluge. Firefighters had to evacuate part of it while putting out the fire due to structural instability.

Emergency responders closed down a portion of Route 54 while responding to the blaze.