MIDDLESEX TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The sign outside the Middlesex Township Fire Hall summed it up.
“We blew the roof off but we’re still fighting.”
“I was dumbfounded… I was amazed that the roof had blown off,” Middlesex Township Fire Chief Dave Metz.
In Thursday’s high winds, half of the fire hall’s metal roof peeled back like a tin of sardines. So much for recent remodeling.
“Six months ago we remodeled it,” Metz said. “Hall’s down. It’s gonna take a little bit to rebuild it, but we’ll be alright.”
Restoration workers have already secured the gaping hole with plywood and tarps and are hauling away mounds of insulation.
Inside, fans whirred and soggy ceilings were pulled down.
“We have a major mess to clean up here,” Kim Blystone said.
The firefighters’ offices and storage room saw extensive damage.
“New gear, old gear, our personal files and records are here which we were able to salvage most of them,” Blystone said.
Forestry trucks are traveling in tandem with West Penn Power crews.
A few thousand customers are still out of juice and will have to be patient a while longer, says Robi Lombardo of West Penn Power.
“Other areas of Butler County are probably gonna be. We’re trying for the majority of them by tomorrow night midnight or into Sunday morning.”
For anybody having water problems, there will be water buffaloes at the Middlesex Township and at the Penn Township fire companies.