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Fire destroys Pa. auto body shop, apartment

January 31, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

MARION, Pa. - A fire early Friday destroyed much of Henson's Auto Body shop and heavily damaged an apartment attached to it, putting the shop out of business and leaving two sisters homeless, Marion Volunteer Fire Department officials said.

No one was injured in the fire at 181 Kennedy St., a site owned by John Henson Jr., officials said. No estimate of damage was available.

Pennsylvania fire marshals are investigating the blaze.

The call came in at 5:47 a.m., said Capt. Robert Miller of the Marion Volunteer Fire Department. He said flames were shooting out of the shop's two bay doors and the roof when the first units arrived.

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The two women who lived in the apartment were outside by the time firefighters arrived, Miller said. He said the apartment had working smoke detectors.

Several vehicles in the body shop were destroyed, he said.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the main building, a one-story, 40- by 70-foot cement block structure, Miller said. The building was gutted, he said.

The one-story frame building attached to the rear of the shop received only minor damage, he said.

About 75 firefighters and ambulance crews from 10 area departments were on the scene.

The fire was under control shortly after 6:30 a.m., Miller said.

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