LITITZ, Pa. (WHTM) – Firefighters spent more than 12 hours at a commercial bakery in Lancaster County on Tuesday.
Police officers and firefighters were called to Specialty Bakers, along Route 501 in Warwick Township, around 3:30 a.m. and found the building filled with smoke.
Linda Geib was packaging pies when the fire started. An employee of Specialty Bakers for 18 years, Geib said she thought she was going to get trapped inside the building.
“The smoke and everything got so bad, I told them we are not going to get out that way, we have to go out the back,” she said. “It wasn’t until we were out in our cars, we were allowed in our cars, that we saw the flames coming up through the roof.”
No one was injured.
Lititz Fire Company Chief Ron Oettel said the fire started in or around an oven then quickly spread through a dry, wooden roof and eventually made its way through half of the building.
“The speed at which the fire extended on us was just something we, unfortunately, couldn’t keep up with,” Oettel said.
The fire caused an estimated $8 million in damage and shut down Route 501 for several hours during the morning commute.
“Our plant suffered substantial damage, but we are relieved that all of our employees were evacuated safely with no injuries,” the company said in a statement.
“It’s heartwarming that so many in our community have reached out to show their support. It’s good to know that in difficult times we live and work in a close-knit community. Our company is working with our customers to seek alternate sources for products until we can rebuild our Lititz plant, and we will rebuild.”