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Businesses Damaged by Fire in Schuylkill County

FRACKVILLE — One business was destroyed and several buildings were damaged by a fire in Schuylkill County. Fire crews in Frackville say a restaurant bar a...
TOM LAZARARSKI SCHUYL FIRE

FRACKVILLE -- One business was destroyed and several buildings were damaged by a fire in Schuylkill County.

Fire crews in Frackville say a restaurant bar and at least three apartments were destroyed by fire.

Officials believe the fire started at Amberdeen's Fine Food and Beverages on North Lehigh Avenue, also known as Route 924.

"When we arrived there was a lot of smoke pouring from the building where the fire originated," said Goodwill Hose Company Asst. Chief Bill Lindenmuth. "Four total buildings with damage with smoke or water, one with substantial fire damage."

Authorities say smoke from the fire first spread to an empty storefront, the former home of Angelic Cuts.

Next to that is the Frackville Public Library and it also took in some smoke.

On the other side of Amberdeen's, Compact Sweeper Company is closed and also has smoke damage.

Fire crews say there was a tenant living above that business but that apartment has little damage.

"No injuries, no firefighter injuries, no civilian injuries, no injuries at all."

Fire officials say smoke from the fire that started in Amberdeen's spread to the Frackville Public Library. Library officials say no books are damaged but they will be closed until Monday.

"There was a lot more smoke at the rear of the building, but fortunately it was just smoke," said Elaine Mykolayko, Frackville Public Library.

There is no visible damage inside the library but officials say they are closing until Monday so the place can be aired out.

"The library was started in 1939, so that's a lot of years of service and history and so forth. So it does make you a little nervous when you see danger so close."

Fire officials say brick fire walls prevented the spread of the fire.

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.