Lehigh Valley

Fire damages Fountain Hill business

FOUNTAIN HILL, Pa. - Crews battled an overnight fire at a commercial building in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County.

Firefighters were called out to the 500 block of Benner Avenue, near Broadway, shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday.

The fire went to two alarms.

Fountain Hill Fire Chief David Boehrer said officials issued a shelter in place to the surrounding area using a reverse 911 call. They also told people to close their windows and turn air conditioners off.

Boehrer said the nearest fire hydrant was not functional when they tried to hook hoses up to it, so crews had to bring in 10 tankers and use the next closest hydrant.

The fire was not listed as under control until Sunday morning, and firefighters remained on the scene through the morning.

The fire department said around 11:15 a.m. everyone was allowed to return to their homes and resume normal activities. They were still trying to fix a water main break though.

The fire was at a garage used by a pressure washing company to store trucks and materials for the business.

There was the potential for a hazmat situation, but Boehrer said crews were able to keep the fire from getting to chemicals in the building.

There are no reports of injuries.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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