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Half of Clinton Twp municipal garage gone after fire

February 21, 2021 News Extra

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Firefighters battled a garage fire Monday in Clinton Township.

CLINTON TWP — The municipality lost multiple vehicles, equipment and half of a garage in a fire Sunday afternoon.

The township's two snow-removal trucks and one backhoe were destroyed along with half of a four-stall garage.

“That's our main public works building,” said township manager Tom Hartwig.

The township owns two garages that sit behind its office at 717 Saxonburg Boulevard. The damaged garage was the farthest from the road.

Butler County 911 dispatchers issued the call at 11:55 p.m. Crews were on the scene until about 2:45 p.m.

According to Saxonburg Fire Chief Chris Dean, firefighters believe the fire started in the southeast corner of the garage. Crews concentrated on the middle of the garage, saving the northern half.

“My first officer got on scene and reported heavy smoke and fire showing,” Dean said.

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal has been called and is scheduled to inspect the site Monday morning.

Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Department took lead on the call, but they also received help from Sarver, Adams Township, Middlesex Township, Buffalo Township, Herman, Penn Township and West Deer Township, Allegheny County, fire departments.

This is an excerpt of an article that will appear in Monday's Butler Eagle.

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Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger

Nathan Bottiger graduated with a degree in journalism in 2015 from Pitt-Johnstown. Previously working as a business reporter for the paper, he took over the crime beat at the Butler Eagle in 2021.