Garage destroyed in blaze
MABEL - Firefighters from several counties battled a fire that destroyed a large garage at a Schuylkill County business Tuesday afternoon.
Crews were called to Bixler's Trees and Stumps, 111 Hinkel Road near Deep Creek Road four miles from Lavelle just after 12:30 p.m.
Firefighters from Schuylkill, Northumberland and Dauphin counties battled temperatures in the teens for several hours to bring the fire under control.
Owner Ronald Bixler said flames destroyed the 120-by-36-foot garage that was used to store equipment for the business.
Although workers were able to save several trucks and other equipment, flames destroyed more than $10,000 worth of items that remained inside.
Hegins Township Fire Company First Assistant Chief Brandon Bressler directed fire ground operation and had no comment at the scene.
Bixler said he has insurance on the building and the equipment.
Firefighters from Lavelle, Gordon, Hegins, Valley View, Ashland, Joliett, Pitman, Sacramento, Donaldson, Llewellyn, Mahanoy City, Gratz, Wilburton and Aristes. EMS units from Hegins and Ashland and fire police also responded.