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Commissioners office space damaged in fire

May 17, 2012
  • Firefighters toss hay off of the of the two-story addition to the commissioners' office at 14 N. Main St.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Office space used by the Franklin County Commissioners in downtown Chambersburg was damaged by fire Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews responded to a building fire in downtown Chambersburg that closed the first block of North Main Street to traffic from the square to King Street.

The fire started shortly after 1 p.m. on the roof of the two-story addition to the commissioners’ office at 14 N. Main St., when sparks from demolition of the former Harmon’s Building ignited hay on the roof of the addition, according to a news release from the commissioners’ office.

Hay was being used to break the fall of potential debris from the demolition activity.

Workers were cutting through concrete containing steel rebar, which caused the sparks, according to the news release.

Fire crews could be seen tossing hay bales off the roof of the building. No fire was visible, but some smoke was seen coming from the building.

The addition houses office space for county administration. The fire damaged the roof above the second-floor conference room in the addition, according to the release.

Water for extinguishing the fire damaged the conference room and office space below the conference room. There was minor smoke damage to the main office complex at 14 N. Main St., formerly known as the Chambersburg Trust Building.

No injuries were reported, the release states.

The commissioners and county staff whose offices are at 14 N. Main St. will be available by phone and email today, but no visitors will be received at that location. The commissioners’ office is expected to resume business as usual, including receiving visitors, on Monday, the release states.

No information was available Thursday evening from the Chambersburg Fire Department.

— Roxann Miller

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