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Neighbors offer emotional support after fire at local business

WALKER TWP., Pa. - Fire destroyed a large building at Koch's Turkey Farm in Schuylkill County Saturday.

Sunday, a neighboring business and family friend of the Koch's said their prayers are with the family during this trying time.

“Our families share a lot of common roots growing up in the Lewistown Valley and something like that, it kind of hits you,” co-owner of Leiby’s Restaurant Daniel Leiby said.

The fire broke out around 3 p.m. Saturday and destroyed one of the largest buildings on the Walker Township property.

Firefighters worked for hours to get the flames under control and smoke could be seen from miles away.

Fortunately no animals or people were hurt.

"There was no poultry inside the building. It was not used for animals, it was used for equipment storage" said Chad Felty, with Tamaqua Fire Rescue.

The fire at Koch's Turkey Farm is still under investigation.

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