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Spring Township paving plant fire destroys trucks, knocks out power

Firefighters at scene of blaze Monday afternoon at Eby Paving in Spring Township. Two dump trucks were destroyed, but no injuries were reported.
Firefighters at scene of blaze Monday afternoon at Eby Paving in Spring Township. Two dump trucks were destroyed, but no injuries were reported. CDT photo

A two-vehicle fire closed down a section of East College Avenue and consumed two dump trucks Monday afternoon.

The call came in around 3:20 p.m. reporting a transformer fire at Eby Paving at 1001 E. College Ave. According to Pleasant Gap Fire Chief Lou Brungard, Walker Township fire crews arrived on the scene and confirmed that two dump trucks were on fire.

Smoke from the fire was visible from nearly 2 miles away and downed power lines were visible on the scene, draped across the trucks. Spring Township police also confirmed the incident had knocked out power to a nearby traffic light at the intersection of East College and South Harrison Road.

Fire crews coordinated with West Penn Power, Brungard said, confirming that the power was isolated from the business before moving in to extinguish the blaze.

No injuries were reported, he said. An investigation into the cause of the fire was underway late Monday.

Electrical access to Eby was interrupted, he said. A spokeswoman for the business had no comment.

East College Avenue was reopened for traffic by approximately 5:30 p.m.

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