Fire razes Norvelt machine shop |

Fire razes Norvelt machine shop

A state police fire marshal will investigate the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a machine shop in the township’s Norvelt neighborhood.

County 911 dispatchers said the call for the fire at 768 Hecla Road came in at 4:10 a.m. Saturday and it took until about 8 a.m. for firefighters to clear the scene.

Norvelt Volunteer Fire Chief Matt Zelenak said the building included Miller Machine, an apartment and a garage that were unoccupied. There were no injuries, he said.

Zelenak said the cause and origin of the fire are unknown and that the fire marshal will investigate Monday.

When Zelenak arrived on scene, he said flames were shooting through the shop’s roof. He said the building is a total loss and that about $50,000 to $60,000 in machinery was lost, too.

About a dozen tankers were on scene to supplement the water available from nearby hydrants and supply enough water to three ladder trucks to fight the blaze, he said. One truck was dedicated to spraying water on a neighbor’s home to keep it from catching fire.

Heat from the fire melted some siding on that home, Zelenak said.

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