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September 25, 2012

Controlled fire ignites shed

NEW BERLIN — By Rick Dandes

The Daily Item

POTTSGROVE — A fire that was purposefully set to burn trash in an open, dilapidated stone structure located literally on the Liberty Township/ Montour County line shot out of control Tuesday afternoon, necessitating several area fire companies to help put out the blaze.

“Luckily, our fire station is only about two minutes away,” said a relieved Brian Messersmith, Pottsgrove fire chief.

He said the first call came at 2 p.m.

“I don’t know the address here,” he admitted. “But as soon as I heard it was on the county line, I headed to this location.”

Messersmith said the fire got out of control and burned some of the surrounding brush. The stone structure is located near a cornfield, about 100 yards off Route 642.

The fire was extinguished within half an hour.

Assisting the Pottsgrove Fire Company were fire and rescue personnel from Liberty Township, Mahoning Township, Milton Borough, and Lewisburg.

Messersmith said no one was injured by the blaze.

Traffic on nearby Route 642 had to be reduced to one lane while fire company personnel put out the fire.

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