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Firefighters put out truck fire, save building

By Staff | Oct 9, 2012

PENNSDALE – A fire broke out inside the engine compartment of a truck at Fairfield Toyota on Lycoming Mall Drive late Sunday afternoon on September 23, filling the service department with thick dense smoke.

A heat-sensitive fire door in the middle of the service area activated and came down most of the way, but a set of tires prevented the door from closing completely, fire officials said.

“A lot of smoke went through the other side of the fire door,” Muncy Township Fire Chief Corey Palmatier said.

The fire was discovered about 4:40 p.m., and brought under control about 5:10 p.m.

The fire was confined to the truck that was being reconditioned, Palmatier said. Firefighters spent nearly an hour clearing smoke from the service area with fans.

Rick Quigley, general manager of the dealership, said all departments will be open at 8 this morning.

“There is no fire damage to the service area, just smoke damage,” he said.

Firefighters from Muncy Township, Muncy Area, Hughesville and DuBoistown responded on the initial alarm. Additional firefighters from Montoursville, Loyalsock Township, Clinton Township and Picture Rocks responded and stood by at the scene, but their services were not needed.