Blaze damages Derry Twp. garage, apartment
A fire blamed on garbage burning and shifting winds caused extensive damage to a Derry Township garage and a vacant apartment above it on Saturday, a fire chief said.
The blaze started about 1:25 p.m. at 2202 Harrison Ave.
“A guy was burning garbage in a little fire pit beside his garage, and the winds shifted and caught the garage on fire,” Bradenville fire Chief Mark Piantine said.
The fire spread up a wall to the apartment above, he said.
Piantine estimated the loss at between $40,000 and $50,000.
Piantine said he needed to request a water tanker after a hydrant at Daily Avenue and Montana Street didn't work.
Firefighters from about 10 companies fought the blaze.
Piantine's firefighters were en route to another brush fire when they were dispatched to the garage/apartment fire.
“People have got to learn to watch what they're doing,” Piantine said. “If it's windy out, they shouldn't be burning.”
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