SHENANGO TWP., Pa. (WKBN) – Firefighters fought flames at a campground in Shenango Township on Saturday morning.
Crews rushed to the campground owned by the National Association of the Church of God just after 2 a.m. The organization was founded over 100 years ago and is headquartered in the Shenango Valley.
Arnetta Bailey, the chief operating and development officer for the campground, said the building that caught fire is a residence hall and a dining hall. Bailey said the two people inside at the time of the fire got out safely.
The organization is hosting a camp starting Sunday, and that will go on as planned.
According to Fire Chief Justin Barnes, this is the second incident at the campground. Crews had also been called to the campground for another small fire around 3:11 p.m. Friday. That fire was suspected to be caused by an electrical issue, so the power was disconnected. Only minor damage was reported in that fire, according to firefighters.
Barnes said fighting this morning’s fire is tough because there were no fire hydrants on site. Tankers had to bring back water from nearby fill sites throughout the morning.
“It’s tough, makes it even tougher being a short road, skinny, can’t go real fast down these windy, back roads,” he said.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, and the State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.
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