SOUTH BUFFALO TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A multiple alarm fire roared through an Armstrong County business Tuesday night.
Blume’s, located on Freeport Road, is a company that makes stone counter tops in South Buffalo Township and employed about two dozen people. It was destroyed when the flames broke out after 6 p.m.
KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti Reports:
South Buffalo Fire Chief Randy Brozenick told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti that it appeared two vehicles caught fire just outside the building, and flames “extended from the vehicles to the back of the structure.”
Brozenick said, “There was a delay getting inside the building because everything was locked up.”
Once firefighters got into the building, the fire spread rapidly, Brozenick said, and firefighters “we’re just chasing it.”
It took nearly two dozen fire departments to be able to contain the blaze. Crews struggled with frozen hydrants and icy conditions on the grounds.
The main building that contained the solid surface, quartz and granite was destroyed. Another one of the buildings was saved.
KDKA’s Christine D’Antonio Reports:
For Bob Waltz, walking up to what used to be his workplace was no easy task on the morning after the fire. The Blume’s countertop installer was supposed to work Wednesday morning.
“Bad things happen to good people. It is sad,” said Waltz. “Coming here and seeing this, they were great owners, great people to work for. They went above and beyond everything.”
There were no injuries, and so far no estimate of damage.
Fire crews were back on the scene Wednesday morning working to contain some hot spots.
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