LEBANON TOWNSHIP, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A fire destroyed a Wayne County business on the corner of Dennis Road and Route 371 in Lebanon Township, where a two-story business was destroyed after a fire early Thursday morning.
Senior Project Manager Chad Kilhullen, woke up to a call from firefighters asking what chemicals were inside the 40-year-old family business he works at, Projan Cleaning and Restoration. He was completely distraught to hear the two-story building was on fire.
“I was in shock. I started crying. This is like a second home to me,” said Kilhullen. “This is what we do for a living. We do water and fire restoration work and we never really thought we’d be responding to our own building, our own business. It’s really sad.”
Fire crews got to the scene to find the two-story structure fully engulfed in flames. They used an excavator to tear down the building and put out the remaining hot spots. All that’s left is rubble.
“About half of the building was on fire and it just took off really fast and came to the ground and that was it,” Kilhullen said.
Chief Darryl Gill of the Equinunk Fire Department explained how much water was needed for this fire.
“We shuttled the water from two hours away, ” Gill exclaimed. “It’s a lot of traffic with the trucks. We had a lot of tankers getting water from miles away.”
Employees trudged through the aftermath in disbelief. “We left in the afternoon not knowing we wouldn’t be coming back to a shop tomorrow,” Kilhullen explained.
Luckily, no one was injured, and the company, Projan Cleaning and Restoration, has a unique experience with fire and water restoration.
The State Police Fire Marshal has been called to try and determine the cause of the fire.