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Blaze destroys storage building holding 2,000 gallons of waste oil and fuel in northeastern Berks

Fire crews from Berks and Lehigh counties needed about 1 ½ hours to control a two-alarm fire Tuesday afternoon near Lenhartsville that destroyed a large building where 50-gallon drums of used oil and gasoline were stored, officials said Wednesday.

Open burning on the residential property at Dreibelbis Station Road and Old Route 22 in Greenwich Township got out of control and overtook the 60-foot-by-30-foot pole building as well as a small adjoining building, officials said.

About 2,000 gallons of spent oil and gasoline were stored in 50-gallon drums, some of which exploded before the first crews pulled up, said Chief Mark Richards of Virginville Fire Company.

The reason for such a large amount of waste oil and fuel being stored there wasn’t immediately known.

A state police fire marshal is investigating, but Richards said open burning is allowed in the township.

Richards said the additional alarm was needed to draw additional tanker trucks and manpower to fight the brush fire that was spreading up the adjacent hillside and threatening to enter dense woods.

Water was drawn from the nearby Maiden Creek. Crews managed to contain the brush fire to the hillside, he said.

Damage was estimated at over $125,000, according to Hamburg Fire Company Chief Jerrod K. Emes.


Source: Berkshire mont

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