LEBANON COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – A massive wall of flames, black smoke, and stunned onlookers surrounded a manufacturing building Thursday evening in Lebanon County. The flames could be seen from miles away, with smoke billowing into the sky.
“A call came in for building well involved in fire out here at this address, the Acorn Building. the first unit arrived on the scene and reported a fully-involved structure fire. I got to the scene, and the building was fully involved,” said John Breive, coordinator with Lebanon County Emergency Management Agency.
About 50 units from three counties battled the flames at Bench Dogs, formerly Acorn Manufacturing, along Terry Lane in South Londonderry Township. The fire started around 7:20 p.m.
“The biggest problem you have with a rural location is your water supply,” Breive said. “You don’t have a hydrant system, so you have to rely on tankers and getting an established route for them to fill and refill.”
The damage estimate is unknown, but Breive believes it will most likely be a total loss.
“It’s a pretty big building from what we understand and when we got here, they were saying woods behind it was starting to catch on fire,” said Tiffany Ball, a resident.
The fire in the woods was quickly contained.
Three people were inside the building when the fire started but made it out safely.
“I can’t imagine sitting there watching your whole life burn,” Ball said. “I just couldn’t do it. It’s got to be tough.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.
According to the Lebanon Daily News, the property was recently sold to Zimmerman Chair.
8 fire engines and 23 tankers are helping to fight the fire.
It is not yet known what caused it.
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