Fire closes Rep. Day’s of­fice

Tem­po­rary of­fice opened at Trexler­town Fire Co.

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Rep. Gary Day (R-Le­high/Berks) is ex­tremely grate­ful that no one was hurt in a fire on March 23 at the Star Plaza along Route 309 in New Tripoli. His district of­fice there will be tem­po­rar­ily closed.

“I am truly thank­ful for the heroic ef­forts of our vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies that re­sponded to the scene,” Day said in a re­lease af­ter the fire. “Fire­fight­ing is a dan­ger­ous ac­tiv­ity. My heart­felt ap­pre­ci­a­tion goes out to all the first re­spon­ders – from as many as a half-dozen vol­un­teer com­pa­nies – for serv­ing us in our time of need. These fire pro­fes­sion­als do­nate their time, which is usu­ally 80 per­cent of the cost as­so­ci­ated with the fire­fight­ing ser­vice. I try to aid and as­sist vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies with ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that I have.”

The fire started in the Bagel Bunch shop, which is next door to Day’s district of­fice.

Day told Berks-Mont News­pa­pers that he was out at an event in Kutztown when he re­ceived the call about the fire.

“It’s a trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence, whether it’s your home or your of­fice,” said Day about go­ing to the scene of the fire. “What I saw was six fire com­pa­nies coming out to help each other and they gave such a great re­sponse. They knocked the fire down quickly. No­body was in­jured... They had to go into the struc­ture with a work­ing fire. One com­pany went in from the back, one came in from the front. They knocked down the fire quickly to pre­serve as much prop­erty as they could... We have a great sys­tem of re­sponse for fires.”

Day said the lo­cal fire­fight­ers do a great job and that is why he works hard to make sure that any­thing he can do for them in Harrisburg, Day tries to make their jobs eas­ier.

“I want ev­ery­one to know, when­ever you have a fire, it’s great to know that we have the back­ing of our lo­cal fire de­part­ments. The state codes keep us safe as well,” said Day.

As a re­sult of the fire, Day’s of­fice sus­tained both wa­ter and smoke dam­age and will be closed. Day set up a tem­po­rary of­fice lo­ca­tion at the Trexler­town Fire Com­pany, 7723 Hamil­ton Blvd., Breinigsville, to serve res­i­dents of the 187th District.

The 187th District serves Lyons, Kutztown and the town­ships of Max­atawny, Up­per Ma­cungie, Weisen­berg, Lowhill, Lynn, Hei­del­berg and North White­hall in Berks and Le­high coun­ties.

Day en­cour­ages res­i­dents who are in need of as­sis­tance to con­tact his Capi­tol of­fice at 717-787-3017 and send cor­re­spon­dence via email at gday@pa­house­gop. com. A va­ri­ety of forms and ap­pli­ca­tions are also avail­able on his web­site at www. RepGaryDay.com.

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