Fire on Route 61 in Pottsville

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — A commercial building fire closed the primary route through Pottsville for a few hours Wednesday morning, as firefighters from Schuylkill and Berks counties rushed to the scene.

The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. inside a building in the 400 block of North Claude A. Lord Boulevard, which becomes Route 61 in Pottsville, according to emergency dispatchers.

Multiple fire companies from Schuylkill and Berks counties responded, and Route 61 was closed while crews worked to bring the fire under control. They succeeded around 8:30 a.m., but firefighters remained on the scene for the overhaul and investigation.

The southbound lanes and one northbound lane of Route 61 reopened around 10 a.m.

The building has multiple businesses, but it wasn't immediately clear exactly where the fire started or how much damage it caused.

No injuries were reported.

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