Lackawanna County Factory Faces Citation

By Kelly Choate |, Posted By: Nick Hughes

Published 06/27 2014 11:58PM

Updated 07/02 2014 11:49PM

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A Lackawanna County business that was destroyed by fire last week will most likely be cited by state officials.

The Pennsylvania Department Of Environmental Protection said today that runoff from the fire at Scranton Cooperage made it into nearby Sperry Creek.

Even though officials do not believe it was intentional, state officials say it's a violation of the Clean Streams Law.

Cleanup work at the fire site in Jessup is still underway.

Jessup, Lackawanna County
-- Thick black, smoke filled the sky as a three-alarm fire consumed this business on Mid Valley Drive in Jessup.

About 100 firefighters spent two hours trying to get the flames under control, a sight that surprised even the most experienced first responders.

Lackawanna County EMA Coordinator Richard Barbolish said Scranton Cooperage recycles industrial containers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection was called in to monitor the situation.

Everyone on scene was offered a surgical mask to wear as a precaution.

A purple, foamy liquid was spewing onto the streets, and crews will need to keep an eye on the Lackawanna River.

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