2018-02-13 / Front Page

Firefighters battle blaze that closes downtown

By CALEB STRIGHT


(Top) A look at firefighters battling a blaze at 204 Main St., Greenville, from the intersection at Mercer Street. (Above) Greenville firefighters climb Ladder 96 Monday night to fight a fire through the windows of 204 Main St. 
(Top and above) Tom Chapin/R-A (Top) A look at firefighters battling a blaze at 204 Main St., Greenville, from the intersection at Mercer Street. (Above) Greenville firefighters climb Ladder 96 Monday night to fight a fire through the windows of 204 Main St. (Top and above) Tom Chapin/R-A Fire destroyed a Main Street, Greenville, building Monday night. Smoke started billowing out of 204 Main St. at about 7 p.m., and crews from about half a dozen departments attacked the blaze from Main Street and behind for the next several hours.

The building, the former Carole Lee Dance Studio, was not in active use.

Firefighters at the scene said they didn’t believe that the fire got to Mong Family Dentistry — which is next door at 206 Main — but believed it and the other adjacent building incurred at least water damage.

At about 7:15 p.m., firefighters broke through the front glass door of the billowing building and — in addition from the front and back — ultimately attacked the fire from inside, and from above, using ladders in front of and behind the structure to suppress the fire.

At points, more than half a dozen hoses were firing at the building from all angles.

Firefighters also broke their way through second-story windows that had been boarded over, and used chainsaws inside.

Fire departments at the scene included Greenville, Hempfield Township, West Salem Township, Transfer, Sheakleyville, Mercer and Stoneboro.

According to Greenville fire Lt. Steve Thompson, the fire was out about 9:30 p.m.

As of press time, the cause of the fire had not been announced.



This is the scene from the second floor of 205 Main St., across from the fire that shut down Main Street Monday night. 
Holly Patterson/R-A This is the scene from the second floor of 205 Main St., across from the fire that shut down Main Street Monday night. Holly Patterson/R-A

Firefighters hit the blaze at 204 Main St. Monday night from the alley behind the building. 
Calb Stright/R-A Firefighters hit the blaze at 204 Main St. Monday night from the alley behind the building. Calb Stright/R-A

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