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Fire Damages Fire Hall, Destroys Home

Fire Fighters in one Schuylkill County community responded to a routine fire call Friday morning and ended up losing their Fire House in the process.
Mt. Carbon, Schuylkill County - When members of the Mt. Carbon/North Manheim Township Fire Company responded to a house fire Friday morning they had no idea they’d also be fighting to save their fire hall.

“Seeing this go up, it’s just gut wrenching.”

That was the reaction of Fire Chief Mark Ebling as he watched the flames heavily damage their fire hall Friday morning. 

“The fire blew in, hit out fire house and that was it,” said Ebling.  “It just overwhelmed us.”

It started at 4:30 on the vacant side of a double-block home on Main Street, next to the fire hall. 

A woman who lived on the other side of the home made it out safely, but the chief is still trying to figure out how the fire was started.

“The main structure right next to the fire hall has been vacant for years,” said Ebling.  “The borough has been trying to condemn it, find the owners of it, and it’s been untouched.”

The structural loss is tough for the company, but one of the crew members also suffered a serious injury while fighting to defend the fire house. 

First Assistant Joe Moore was operating a truck when it came in contact with a power line.  He was thrown to the ground and taken to the hospital for treatment.  Ebling said he definitely “got the worst of it.”
 
Fortunately they were able to get all of their vehicles out safely, but for a community landmark that served as a social hall, and borough meeting location, the loss of the fire hall is devastating. 


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