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Report of smoke brings fire trucks to The Lancaster News building

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By Jenny Hartley

Some Lancaster Fire Department firefighters may have had "worst case scenario" on their minds after they were called to a possible fire at The Lancaster News office on North White Street on Thursday night.

About 6:30 p.m., a passers-by called dispatchers to report that there was heavy smoke around the newspaper building.

Some employees inside the building were oblivious to the flashing red lights of the fire trucks outside as firefighters entered the building.

Huge rolls of newsprint and printing chemicals inside the pressroom at The Lancaster News make for a nightmarish scenario for firefighters.

"There's a lot of paper combustibles in that building," said Fire Marshal Brian Stogner. "But the good thing about it is that the building has a sprinkler system."

Stogner wasn't on duty but lives in the city and responded to the call. When he pulled up, he said it definitely looked like there was a fire.

"There was a lot of smoke on top and around that building," he said.

Two Lancaster Fire Department engines and the ladder truck responded.

Two firefighters in full turnout gear searched for a fire on the roof.

"Then the smoke dissipated and went away," Stogner said. "Kind of weird."

Firefighters searched the neighborhood around the newspaper but found no fire.

Newspaper employees were surprised to see firefighters inside the building and fire engines in the parking lot Thursday night.

But this fire call didn't stop the presses.Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or jhartley@thelancasternews.com