Crews Respond to Garage Fire in McCalmont Township; Cause of Fire Under Investigation

fire_truck-e1348179123281MCCALMONT TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Emergency responders were dispatched to a fire in McCalmont Township on Monday morning.

According to police, this fire occurred at a two-story, wood-framed garage around 8:30 a.m. on December 19 at 673 Spruce Street, in Anita, McCalmont Township, Jefferson County.

The McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company and mutual aid companies responded and extinguished the fire.

The fire caused severe damage to the second story of the garage with heavy water damage to the first floor.

The owner of the garage discovered the fire, called 911, and attempted to put water on the fire until the arrival of the fire department.

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit was requested to conduct and investigate the origin and cause of the fire. At this time, the origin has been established on the second floor, and the cause is undetermined pending further inspection.

No injuries were reported.

Police say State Route 310 was closed for a period of time because the hydrant closest to the structure would not operate. The fire department had to use the hydrant on Route 310 that was located across the roadway.

PSP and REACT directed traffic until the water company could get the hydrant fixed, and then Route 310 was reopened.

The owner of the garage has insurance on the structure.

Damage is estimated at $75,000.00, according to police.

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