Fire destroys Mercer County cleaning business, several vehicles

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Firefighters were called just after 3 a.m. to a business on Amsterdam Road in Liberty Township

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WKBN) – There isn’t much left of a Mercer County business after it burned to the ground early Friday morning.

Firefighters were called just after 3 a.m. to Marpac Corporation, a recycling and parts cleaning business on Amsterdam Road in Liberty Township.

Heavy fire and smoke was coming from the building and several vehicles outside were on fire.

“We had approximately 12 vehicles on fire, two structures and a bunch of hazardous materials. The hazardous material was relatively easy to maintain,” said fire chief Daniel Hutchins.

Springfield Township Volunteer Fire Chief Daniel Hutchins said roughly 12-15 departments from multiple counties responded to battle the fire.

Hutchins said they had to take extra precaution while dealing with the fire.

“We had to keep all of the units back. The length of the fire was over several hundred feet from the beginning of the fire to the backside of it. We had to set up two different water supplies, one from the west and one from the east side,” Hutchins said.

Neighbors said they were woken up by several explosions around 3 a.m. They looked through the window to see the flames heading toward their home.

“It’s just a unique type of fire. There was cars, structures, a lot of heat and a lot of distance within the fire,” Hutchins said.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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