UPDATE: July 4 fire still under investigation; evidence points to illegal use of fireworks as cause

Lebanon

LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) — Firefighters arrived at Consolidated Scrap Resources around 10:30 p.m., Sunday night. Fire Commissioner Duane Hartman says an assistant fire chief and another colleague called it in as they drove past the location.

Kay Holman lives a block away from the business. She says firefighters had to deal with more than just smoke and flames.

“There were tanks exploding,” Holman said. “They had to wrestle with that, and they kept going.”

Fire Commissioner, Duane Trautman says they used at least one million gallons of water to get the fire under control.

“It was a battle,” Trautman said. “We heard rumors it may have been someone playing with fireworks, we don’t know if that is true, we have to make sure there are no hotspots that reignite another fire, we will get to the investigation at the appropriate time.”

There were no reported serious injuries. The Red Cross and Salvation Army were on scene, providing assistance.

On Wednesday, July 7, the fire commissioner shared with abc27 that the flames just won’t seem to go all the way out. He has requested special firefighting gear from West Chester, which should help get water to the stubborn spots that are still burning.

The fire started Sunday, July 4, night and the business is back open.

All evidence collected to date indicates the fire originated at the eastern end of the building on the 300 block of N. Van Buren Street, according to the report.

Eyewitnesses and video evidence also reflect the illegal use of fireworks on Van Buren Street that caused the fire to ignite and quickly spread throughout the business.

The incident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made yet.

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