Chief: Fire destroys Newberry Twp. shed

Liz Evans Scolforo

Fire destroyed a shed that likely was a former home Tuesday morning, according to Newberry Township's fire chief, who said one firefighter suffered a minor injury while battling the blaze.

Crews were called to the shed, located at the corner of Old Trail Road and Hill Drive, about 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to Fire Chief Gary Hatterer Jr. said.

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The blaze destroyed the small detached building that was being used as a shed, he said, calling it a total loss. A damage estimate wasn't immediately available.

"No one resided in it," Hatterer said. "Years and years ago it may have been (used as) a house."

A township firefighter suffered a minor skin burn and was treated at the scene, according to the chief, who said the firefighter is fine.

Tuesday morning's snowstorm made little difference in saving the home, according to Hatterer.

"It slowed truck response time a little bit, with the road conditions and the wind," he said, but the building was so old that flames were able to consume it quickly, meaning a faster response time might not have made any difference.

A home beside the shed sustained minor heat damage, but the family living there wasn't displaced, according to the chief.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but it's not considered suspicious, Hatterer said.

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