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Westfall Township VFD and mutual aid responders quickly extinguish fitness building blaze

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WESTFALLL, PA – A Westfall Township, PA (Pike County), fitness business was destroyed when heavy flames engulfed the structure this summer. Multiple calls reporting intense flames and very thick black smoke were received shortly after the blaze began at Amica CrossFit’s 1005 Pennsylvania Avenue building.

Westfall Fire Department Engine 39-1 arrived on scene less than two minutes after dispatch and encountered a rapidly progressing fire. Mutual aid was requested.

WFD Chief Fred Jacobs said a supply line was immediately laid from a nearby hydrant, and two master streams applied to the blaze. Other departments arrived minutes later, and together all were able to contain and knock down the flames within about 15 minutes. He credit units from both PA and neighboring NY communities with quickly extinguishing the blaze and completing the overhaul process.

Pennsylvania departments on scene included Westfall, Milford, Dingman Township, Matamoras Fire Departments and Eastern Pike Regional Police Department. From NY, Port Jervis and Sparrowbush Fire Departments. Lumberland and Shohola Fire Departments were on standby at Westfall’s firehouse.

The cause was not immediately reported.

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SHARON SIEGELSenior Correspondent

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