Thanks to a resident, a fire causing damage to the old RC Bottling plant building in Loyall was contained with a water hose before the fire department arrived on the scene.
Loyall Fire Chief Vern Guffy said he was dispatched to a debris fire in the alley between Cedar Street and County Pike, just off First Street shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday. He said upon arrival he found a resident on Cedar Street, Orville Clem, had extinguished the fire with a water hose.
“The fire was big enough that one of the windows that was boarded up caught fire and burned through and got to the inside,” said Guffy. “Mr. Clem got to the fire quick enough to stop the fire there, but there was smoke damage to the building, which is now used for storage.”
Guffy said had Clem not taken the action when he did, more damage could have been done to the building and homes nearby.
“We really appreciate Mr. Clem’s fast thinking in helping contain this fire,” said Guffy.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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