MIDDLESEX TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — In southern Butler County, the Middlesex Township Volunteer Fire Company building was damaged when high winds pounded the area Thursday afternoon.

Three-quarters of the metal roof was peeled off by the high winds.

The rain went into the fire hall, causing extensive water damage to the social hall, kitchen and some of the computers.

“It’s a devastating loss for us, but we’re a resilient group of people and this won’t stop us from taking care of our community here,” Kim Blystone said.

A restoration company was called in to make temporary repairs because more storms were predicted.

Fire Chief David Metz told KDKA-TV, the only person in the building was the assistant fire chief who said it sounded like an explosion.

The initial damage estimate is $300,000.

Ironically, as workmen made temporary repairs to the roof, firefighters were making calls to other places that were damaged by the storm.

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