Fire chief talks about early moments at Lemoyne lumber yard

LEMOYNE, Pa. (WHTM) – Assistant Fire Chief Tim Mulhollan and members of the West Shore Bureau of Fire were the first firefighters to arrive on the scene of Monday night’s blaze at Lafferty and Co., Inc.

Mulhollan says it didn’t take long for him to realize the goal was to keep the fire from spreading beyond the complex.

“We started attacking from both sides,” Mulhollan said. “We pretty much knew the buildings on fire were going to be lost. We wanted to keep it from spreading.”

Mulhollan says a short time later, he called in other fire companies because he knew that they were going to need a lot of help and water.

“It’s tough to estimate,” he said. “We may have used anywhere from 500,000 to a million gallons over 10 hours.”

Mulhollan says they knew there were other dangers, including propane tanks.

“There were several explosions while we were out there,” he said. “Our goal is to get the fire out and send our people back to their families.”

There were no injuries to firefighters and no employees were in the buildings at the time of the fire.

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