LOCK HAVEN, CLINTON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Emergency crews in Lock Haven battling a four alarm fire in the downtown. Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler has our story
Just after six Friday morning flames filled the the old Wolfe Furniture store on Bellefonte Avenue in Lock Haven.
“Arrived on scene had heavy fire through the roof already in the rear of the structure and started our operation from there.” Explained Chief Robert Neff of the Lock Haven Fire Department,
It was a cold one – in 12 degrees 15 fire departments were trying to fight the cold and flames.
Part of Main Street was shut down – as a winter wonderland was created to put out the rushing flames.
“Water got on the side walk it freezes makes it difficult and it’s also hard on the water system as well.” Neff told Eyewitness News
Dozens of fire fighters were able to manage as just two connected buildings had minor smoke and fire damage.
The Covenant United Methodist Church was one of them – windows were knocked out.
“The fire fighters were and are amazing they know their job.” said Pastor Tanya Heatwole, of Covenant United Methodist Church
The old vacant commercial building use to be home to Wolfe Furniture decades ago – the fire chief tells Repoter Cody Butler it was in the works to be turned into a night club.
With the building being old Shanna Puysher decided to come down and take photos.
“I’m a history buff and now a part of history… part of Lock Haven history is gone.”
The old furniture store had no electricity inside at the time of the fire – the fire chief says it’s under investigation by state police.
Chief Neff tells Eyewitness News the fire is tentatively being ruled suspicious – because there was no electricity inside the building that could have started it.
A state police fire marshal is still investigating.