Fire at Corry Contract

Jordan Schrecengost/The Corry Journal

Career and volunteer firefighters from Corry Fire Department and Corry Regional Fire Co. responded to a fire alarm at Corry Contract Inc., 21 Maple Ave., at 1:46 p.m. on Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to a large, commercial building in the city of Corry on Tuesday afternoon for a report of a possible fire.

Corry Fire Department and Corry Regional Fire Co. received a fire alarm from Corry Contract Inc., 21 Maple Ave., at 1:46 p.m. on Tuesday.

When crews arrived on scene, the building was already being evacuated. Maple Avenue was shut down from East Main Street to East Washington Street.

Corry Fire Chief Jim Lathrop said the first report they received indicated there was a small fire inside the structure but it had been extinguished.

"Maintenance was welding an item up in the ceiling level and one of their sparks got into a void - an old set of windows they had sealed over - and started burning some of the old wood frame," Lathrop said.

Firefighters began pulling out fire hoses just in case the blaze wasn't completely out but the fire department's hoses were never used.

"In that unknown we err on the side of caution," Lathrop said.

The area where the small fire occurred was covered by sheet metal which had to be removed by firefighters.

"When the crew actually did get to the location of the fire, they opened up the area which was covered by sheet metal and found out the maintenance crew there had gotten it extinguished," Lathrop said.

Lathrop commended the maintenance crew of Corry Contract for reacting quickly by using an ABC fire extinguisher and a garden hose from inside the building.

"They pretty much had it extinguished by the time my guys got to it," he said.

Additional departments were dispatched to the scene for mutual aid as part of what CFD calls a "second alarm," which is used when there's any indication of a possible fire in a commercial building within the city.

"When it comes to mutual aid, it's all about the time," Lathrop said. "I'd rather get them on the road and turn them around than find out we need them and then you're waiting on them."

Corry fire crews were back at the fire station at 2:36 p.m.

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