Chief: Finding cause of South Londonderry plant fire could take days

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) – Investigators say it could be days or even weeks before they know what caused Thursday night’s fire at the Bench Dogs manufacturing plant in South Londonderry Township.

Lawn Fire Chief Daniel Braden said the damage is extensive and firefighters were still putting out hot spots on Friday. Firefighters may have to stay on the scene for the next couple of days.

“As much that was on fire last night, there’s obviously a lot of combustibles that are in piles of rubble, it will take a while for the heat to dissipate and to a point where it’s no longer smoking and smoldering,” Braden said.

Damage is expected to top $1 million.


Firefighters from three counties were called to the former Acorn Design and Manufacturing plant on Terry Lane, in South Londonderry Township Thursday night.

“We just saw the whole skyline lit up by fire,” said Michael Herrman, who lives nearby.

Three people who were inside the building when the fire started made it out safely. No injuries were reported.

“There are large propane tanks about 100 yards from the back of our home,” Herrman said. “That’s what we were really concerned about.”

Daylight revealed the building was destroyed.

“This was a major fire,” Pastor William Stoffel said.

Stoffel is the only chaplain of one fire department that responded.

“It reminds me of a fire that took place in the village of Lawn several years ago where a train station, kind of like a mill storage area burned,” he told ABC 27News.

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