Hersheypark Arena ‘structurally sound’ after fire

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Officials have not yet determined the cause of a fire at the historic Hersheypark Arena, but the damage appears to be limited to just a small section of the roof.

Hershey security director Tim Shellenberger took members of the news media inside the landmark building Friday.

abc27 News reporter Karissa Shatzer said the building has a strong smell of smoke and is being wiped down to remove soot from seats and railings, but the fire damage is contained to a 10-square foot section of the roof.

Water damage to the building is minimal, since most of the water used to fight the fire Thursday afternoon ran off the outside of the roof.

Hersheypark officials did not immediately have a damage estimate.

About 30 employees who work in the building returned to work Friday.

Crews were replacing the roof of the historic building when the fire began.

Three firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries. Two of them were taken to the hospital. A park employee was also treated for heat-related injuries.

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