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Video above from Andrew Leibenguth of a fire around 4:40 this morning that destroyed a ladder truck owned by the Washington Hook and Ladder Company in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (Schuylkill County) and damaged the firehouse. According to news reports, the 1993 rig was purchased in 2011. Mahanoy City is hosting the 59th Annual Schuylkill County Firefighters’ Convention & parade today as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the town. The events are scheduled to continue. News reports indicate the fire went to two alarms and there were minor injuries to two firefighters.
Officials say the Washington Hook and Ladder Company caught fire on East Mahanoy avenue.
The 59th Annual Schuylkill County Firefighters’ Convention will go on as scheduled here in Mahanoy City for Saturday afternoon despite damages.
Around 4:40 a.m. a call was received of smoke in the unit block of East Mahanoy Ave. and borough police Lt. John Kaczmarczyk arrived to investigate.
Kaczmarczyk, a long time member of the Washington Hook and Ladder Co., saw heavy flames inside the engine room of his fire company at 35 E. Mahanoy Ave. and immediately upgraded the smoke investigation to a working structure fire.
Due to the intense flames the officer was unable to enter the building to get the aerial truck out and quickly drove a short distance to pull a street box and alert neighbors.
In addition to the apparatus being destroyed (Mahanoy City Fire Department safety officer and public relations officer Anthony) Blackwell said the remainder of the engine room and upstairs meeting rooms sustained extensive damage.
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- Early video: House fire in Schuylkill County, PA. – December 13, 2012
- Helmet-cam: St. Paul, MN house fire. – February 12, 2013
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