By Ross Guidotti

KENNEDY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Firefighters were called to the scene of a gas station fire in Kennedy Township Wednesday morning.

According to officials at the scene, the fire broke out at the Exxon station near the intersection of Lorish Road and Beecham Drive around 5:20 a.m.

Employees saw smoke, walked outside and saw fire on the roof. They acted quickly to shut off the gas pumps.

Aside from the threat of fire reaching the thousands of gallons of gasoline, firefighters were concerned about the roof collapsing under the weight of an air conditioner.

“We had heavy fire on the roof. We came in and had a very smoky fire. Apparently, I think it started in the air conditioning unit up on the [roof].  We had crews on the bottom, we couldn’t get to it. Then, we had to attack it from the top. Then, we had to worry about the air conditioner falling in on us,” one firefighter said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the fire marshal was called to the scene.

There are no reported injuries and the business will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time.


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