Rubbish burns near Hazle Township building, PPL sent to scene

LUZERNE COUNTY, PA – Just before noon on Thursday, August 10, Hazle Township Fire/Rescue was dispatched to the area of PNC Bank on Susquehanna Blvd. in Hazle Township for a wire down.  Moments later, the tones were again set off for the same area on reports of a commercial structure fire.

First responding units were advised of conflicting reports of a commercial building on fire or rubbish burning next to the building.  Chief 141 then radioed that he received a direct call from a person on scene reporting a working building fire.

Tower 7 arrived on the scene at the former John Heinz Institute for Occupational Medicine with smoke showing in the area.  Engine 3 tagged a hydrant on Pecora Blvd. and laid nearly 1000 feet of LDH to the scene.

Engine 2 staged at the hydrant and Tower 5 staged on the “B” side.  Rescue 1 arrived and also staged on Pecora Blvd while Tanker 6 came up and staged behind Engine 3.

The engine crew stretched a line to the “C” side of the building where they found rubbish burning around multiple air conditioning units next to the building.  Tower 7 set up for operation and sent a crew to the roof.

The fire was quickly extinguished and crews began to investigate the scene.  No lines were noticed on the ground, however a utility pole near the building appeared to have two transformers that suffered an emergency along with blown fuses.  PPL was dispatched to the scene.  Command also requested a State Police Fire Marshal respond to help with the investigation.

Crews checked the interior of the building for any extension and then began to pick-up their equipment.  Units began to clear the scene within 30 minutes of arrival.

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