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Leechburg Floral fire cuts power to businesses

Brian C. Rittmeyer
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Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
A burned out delivery van is all that remains from a garage fire in Leechburg on Sunday night. Several businesses along Main Street remained without power Monday morning after the fire damaged power lines in the area. Photographed on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
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Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
Several businesses along Main Street in Leechburg remained without power Monday morning after a Sunday evening garage fire cut power lines in the area. Photographed on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
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Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
A burned out delivery van is all that remains from a garage fire in Leechburg on Sunday night. Several businesses along Main Street remained without power Monday morning after the fire damaged power lines in the area. Photographed on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
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Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
Several businesses along Main Street in Leechburg remained without power Monday morning after a Sunday evening garage fire cut power lines in the area. Photographed on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

A pre-dawn fire Monday morning in a garage behind Leechburg Floral destroyed the shop’s delivery van and knocked out power to neighboring businesses for most of the day.

The fire was reported about 3:45 a.m. in the garage behind the flower shop at 141 Market St. Graff Gourmet Foods owner Diane Graff said power to her specialty foods business next door was out until mid-afternoon after new power lines and transformers were installed; her telephone remained out.

No injuries were reported. Graff said the only damage to her business was a couple windows that cracked from the heat. She expected to be open Tuesday.

Graff said the flower shop’s atrium, where plants and wreathes were sold, was destroyed.

“It’s sad for them,” she said. “They did a lot of work upgrading a lot of it this summer.”

A flower shop representative could not be reached for comment Monday.

Leechburg fire Chief Tom Foster refused to comment on the fire. A state police fire marshal could not be reached for comment.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701 or [email protected].

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