Fire de­stroys West Rock­hill build­ing

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

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7hH JDrDJH RQ HDflHrs 5RDG wDs about 40 feet by 100 feet, Sellersville Fire De­part­ment Chief Ray Bren­nan said.

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Three work trucks, a pickup for per­sonal use and a fork­lift were among the things in the build­ing, he said.

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7hH firH wDs FDOOHG LQ DrRuQG 5 p.m. Jan. 22, he said.

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“A lot of stuff got ex­tremely icy,” Bren­nan said.

A res­i­dent or neigh­bor fell RQ LFH DQG D fiUH­fiJKWHU wDV taken to Grand siew Hospi­tal af­ter fall­ing, he said.

“It was a very long road back to the garage and there’s no hy­drants in that area,” Bren­nan said. “They had to use a tanker shut­tle.”

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“It was un­der con­trol in 45 min­utes or an hour and then we just had hot spots we had to go in and knock down and ap­ply water to,” Bren­nan said.

FLUH­fiJKWHUV UHPDLQHG RQ the scene un­til about 8:30 or 9 p.m., he said.

FLUH­fiJKWHUV IURP WKH 7HO­ford, Soud­er­ton, Perkasie, Har­leysville, Hill­town, Trum­bauersville, Mil­ford, Quak­er­town, Sil­verdale, Rich­land­town, Dublin, Hay­cock, Green Lane, Penns­burg and North Penn de­part­ments re­port­edly as­sisted in bat­tling the blaze.

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