Chief: Fire destroys East Manchester Twp. barn

Liz Evans Scolforo

Fire destroyed a two-story barn Sunday night in the Saginaw area of East Manchester Township, according to Mount Wolf's fire chief.

Fire crews summoned to the 800 block of Second Street at 10:15 p.m. Sunday found that flames had fully engulfed the barn, causing its roof to collapse, Eagle Fire Chief Mark Shroyer said.

Fire destroyed this barn in the 800 block of Second Street in East Manchester Twp. the night of Sunday, May 21, 2017, Mount Wolf Fire Chief Mark Shroyer said.
(Photo courtesy of Kathranne Witmer

Firefighters mounted an exterior attack, he said, because they were unable to get inside the barn.

"We had the majority of the fire knocked (down) within the first five to 10 minutes," Shroyer said.

It took crews nearly an hour to fully extinguish the blaze, because the collapsed roof was holding heat that needed to be vented, the chief said.

No animals were inside the barn, and no one was hurt, he said, adding the barn had been used for storage.

Total loss: The barn — an older two-story wooden 25-by-35-foot structure with a stone-block basement — and the items inside were destroyed, according to Shroyer.

He estimated damage to be about $80,000, which includes structure and content loss.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this point, according to the chief.

The fire is under investigation by Trooper Brad Dunham, a state police fire marshal, Shroyer confirmed.

Northeastern Regional Police Chief Bryan Rizzo said his department will investigate if the fire marshal determines the fire was intentionally set.

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Eagle Fire Chief Mark Shroyer said fire destroyed this barn in the 800 block of Second Street the night of Sunday, May 21, 2017.
(Photos courtesy of Kathranne Witmer)