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Fire destroys storage building

LANA MUTHLER / THE EXPRESS A large storage building still smolders Monday afternoon after fire destroyed the structure.

WOOLRICH — A large shed/storage building was quickly destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

The building on the property of Michael and Michelle Persun, 1167 Dutch Hollow Road, Pine Creek Township, held both personal property and equipment for Persun’s plumbing business, according to Woolrich Fire Chief Brandon Coleman.

Coleman estimated the loss at $15,000 to the building and $80,000 to the contents. He said the couple has insurance.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, Coleman said. He said a state police fire marshal was called to investigate.

Coleman said the fire was reported at about 3:40 p.m. and Pine Creek Township Police Chief Dave Winkleman, who was the first on scene, said the building was fully involved when he arrived.

About 50-60 volunteers from local fire companies, along with a crew from PPL were called to the scene.

There were no injuries and no issues, Coleman said, noting that water was shuttled to the scene. He said they had plenty of water and everything went well.

The firefighters did a great job knocking down the fire in the extremely hot temperatures, Coleman said. They took turns playing water on the building and taking breaks.

Fire companies from Woolrich, Lock Haven, Dunnstown, Avis, Wayne Township, Beech Creek, and Jersey Shore responded, along with Jersey Shore EMS and the Rehab Unit.

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