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Fire destroys building slated for demolition in Upper Providence

By Frank Otto,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

UPPER PROVIDENCE — A fire destroyed an abandoned building slated for demolition late Sunday afternoon.
Fire crews from several area companies responded to the scene on the southwest corner of the intersection of Egypt Road and Station Avenue around 4:45 p.m.
“We recieved multiple calls about smoke showing in the area,” said Black Rock Fire Company Chief William Kasper. “When we got here, it was showing flames on the first and second floors.”
The abandoned building had an attached garage and an apartment section. It was completely destroyed by the fire.
Kasper said the building was the last of several on the corner slated to be knocked down. Fire hoses snaked around piles of broken bricks from the other buildings already knocked down.
Crews from Black Rock, the Phoenixville Fire Department and Lower Providence, Jefferson, Collegeville and Valley Forge fire companies all came out to fight the blaze.
“Within five minutes of arriving,” the fire was brought under control, Kasper said.
He said the blaze was knocked down compeltely within 20 minutes.
Lower Providence Community Center Ambulance also responded, according to Kasper, but there were no injuries.
Upper Providence Fire Marshal Josh Overholt said the cause of the fire was under investigation and did not comment on whether it was suspicious.
In addition to fire crews using hoses from the ground, Black Rock’s ladder engine was also utilized, sending firefighters high over the structure to help fight the fire.
Egypt Road was closed between Brower Avenue and Mill Road due to the incident into the early part of Sunday night.
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