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A quick response by members of Gooches Crossroads and McDonald Green volunteer fire departments kept a raging fire in an outbuilding full of chemicals from spreading to a nearby cabinet shop on Tuesday, May 13.
Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said a Lancaster Police Department officer at the city metal shop next door to Kenny’s Custom Cabinets, 1397 Springdale Road, saw the fire and called it in about 11:20 a.m.
When firefighters arrived, the approximately 600-square-foot, 30-foot by 20-foot outbuilding was fully engulfed, with flames and black smoke pouring into the sky. Firefighters temporarily closed a section Springdale Road as they attacked the fire in a building used to store volatile chemicals as lacquer and paint thinner.
Firefighters knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes, but had city of Lancaster fire department, as well as other volunteers, at the scene on standby.
“We basically put out the fire around it and controlled it,” Blackwelder said. “Nobody was hurt and there was no extension to any other building. There was a tractor trailer sitting right there and there was no damage to it either.
“We called the city because if it had been the cabinet shop itself, we would have needed a lot of help,” he said.
Blackwelder said judging from the fire, the chemicals inside the building had likely already burned by the time firefighters arrived.
Though it was too early in the investigation to determine the cause of the fire, Blackwelder said it did not appear to have been suspicious. The building was a total loss.
Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151