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PA: Tavern Fire Ruled to be Electrical Short

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Clamtown, PA: West Penn Township police say an electrical malfunction is to blame for an early-Thursday morning electrical fire that destroyed a popular tavern and eatery on Route 443 in the township village of Clamtown.

Township police Chief Brian Johnson said an electrical malfunction in the kitchen area of the Clamtown Tavern sparked a 7:10 a.m. blaze that inflicted major damage to the interior of the building.

Johnson said a passerby called police to report smoke coming out of a ventilation fan on the tavern. Leaving the scene of a two-car crash on Route 309 about a mile and a half away, Johnson said he arrived at the tavern to find flames in the kitchen area. Johnson said he tried using a fire extinguisher on the fire, but the flames were spreading quickly and overcoming the capabilities of the fire extinguisher.

Johnson said he exited the building and used a cellphone to call Robert Carnes, the owner of the business.

Johnson said Carnes answered the phone and said he was sleeping on the second floor of the tavern.

Johnson said he told Carnes, “You need to get out right now, the building is on fire.”

According to Schuylkill County property records, the building is owned by Carnes and Jason Schmidt.

Firefighters from West Penn, Tamaqua, Hometown, New Ringgold, New England Valley and Mahoning Township, Deer Lake and Schuylkill Haven departments responded. The fire was brought under control in about two hours and firefighters remained on scene until about noon. Route 443 was temporarily closed while firefighters battled the blaze.

Johnson conducted the investigation and determined that an electrical malfunction sparked the blaze. He said no injuries were reported.

Story via standardspeaker.com

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