A two-alarm fire in an auto body shop that closed down part of Trindle Road in Silver Spring Township for several hours Thursday was determined to be accidental in nature.
No injuries were reported in the incident that was called in shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Starting Line Autobody, 1170 West Trindle Road. The building was unoccupied at the time.
New Kingstown Fire Chief Curt Hall said state police fire marshals determined that the fire started in the area of the shop’s furnace. The Washington-Mechanicsburg Fire Department website reported that two trucks were dispatched to the scene for smoke in the body shop and Hall arrived on the scene and confirmed it was a working structure fire.
“With high winds, when I arrived on scene, it looked like more of the building was involved,” Hall said. “There was smoke covering the intersection there. I am surprised there wasn’t an accident.”
Hall said the fire was called in by passers-by. He called in a second-alarm for additional manpower and equipment.
Several area fire departments were called to the scene, including Shermans Dale, Upper Allen, Washington, Citizens-Mechanicsburg, Monroe, Silver Spring, New Kingstown, Union and Carlisle Fire and Rescue Services. EMS responders included Silver Spring EMS and Cumberland Goodwill. Officials with PPL were also on the scene.
Washington reported being on the scene for two hours with 11 personnel.
Hall said the fire was under control after an “aggressive attack” by 8:21 a.m. and crews were on scene until 11:09 a.m.
During that time, traffic was blocked off and rerouted between Old Stonehouse Road to Locust Point Road while the crews battled the fire and cleaned up the scene.
“We wanted to make sure we had all the hotspots out,” he said.
Hall reported that the fire had moved into the attic portion of the building and personnel were using ladder trucks to attack the roof of the building. He said a lack of hydrants in the area meant all water had to be supplied by tankers, but “water was not an issue whatsoever.”
“Due to our predetermined alarms, we had several tankers there providing water,” he said.
Posted at 8:43 a.m. on Cumberlink:
Several area fire departments are on the scene of a two-alarm structure fire on West Trindle Road in Mechanicsburg this morning.
The initial call came in just after 7:30 a.m. for a structure fire at Starting Line Autobody, 1170 West Trindle Road.
Departments on the scene include Shermans Dale, Upper Allen, Washington, Citizens-Mechanicsburg, Monroe, Silver Spring, New Kingstown, Union and Carlisle Fire & Rescue Services.
EMS responders included Silver Spring EMS and Cumberland Goodwill.
Officials with PPL were also on the scene.
Traffic was blocked off and rerouted from Old Stonehouse Road to Locust Point Road. Trindle Road was later reopened before 11 a.m. Thursday.
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