Fire damages MT auto shop
BY LARRY ALEXANDER, Staff Writer
Fire damaged a Manheim Township auto repair shop Thursday evening.
The fire, at 920 N. Market St., broke out around 5:58 p.m, causing between $25,000 and $30,000 in damage, Manheim Township fire Chief Rick Kane said.
Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from the structure, according to reports.
An employee of the business was inside at the time, trying to extinguish the fire, until firefighters helped him out.
He was uninjured but did suffer some smoke inhalation, Kane said. He did not have to be hospitalized.
Kane said the one-story concrete block building contains a two-bay auto repair shop. One car was inside being worked on, but it was removed unscathed.
The fire was largely at the rear of the building.
"The garage is split in the back, so there is second-floor storage area," Kane said. "That's where the bulk of the fire was."
Because of the age of the structure, firefighters had trouble getting to the fire through the roof. Kane said work had been done and a new roof had been put over the old.
Kane confirmed that it was initially reported that a fire had broken out in an apartment building.
"I think what happened is, people passing by in the 900 block of North Prince Street saw the smoke coming up from the back of the building," Kane said. "There is a three-story apartment building in the 900 block of North Prince, so they reported it as that."
It also was initially reported that a person was trapped. Kane said the "trapped" person was actually the shop worker who was inside fighting the fire.
"He was not trapped," Kane said. "He was fine when we got here. We just had to escort him out."
The cause of the fire is "undetermined," Kane said, but most likely was "a furnace issue."
During the fire, McGovern Avenue and North Market Street were closed, as was the North Prince Street bridge that carries Fruitville Pike into Lancaster city.
Helping Manheim Township to battle the blaze were firefighters from Eden, Neffsville, Lafayette, Lancaster Township, Lancaster city and Rohrerstown.
Also present were Manheim Township Ambulance and LEMSA.