North Hanover Mall closed following roof fire at former J.C. Penney

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

The North Hanover Mall is closed Tuesday after a ceiling fire in the former J.C. Penney building, according to Hanover Area Fire & Rescue. 

First responders arrived at the mall at 5:15 p.m. Monday after receiving multiple calls for a roof fire at 1155 Carlisle St.

"There was heavy black smoke from the roof of the former J.C. Penney's building," the fire company reported. "An eyewitness reported hearing a loud bang/explosion from the roof area followed by flame engulfing a roof-top HVAC unit."

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In its own statement, the North Hanover Mall announced that it would be closed until further notice, although larger stores with separate entrances can make their own decisions about whether to reopen following the fire.

"We ask everyone to please be patient and understanding while we work through this horrible incident," the mall said in its statement.

Inclement weather on Monday was a hindrance to firefighters, with wind gusts of 20 mph helping the fire to spread rapidly. The fire was under control by 7:41 p.m., fire officials said.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for a muscle strain.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and damage estimates are not yet available, according to Hanover Area Fire & Rescue.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.