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Alpha Fire Company Responds to Smoke Coming from Allen Street Building

by on February 07, 2019 1:03 PM

Portions of South Allen Street and College Avenue were briefly closed Thursday when Alpha Fire Company responded at 11:48 a.m. to black smoke coming from the roof above Animal Kingdom, 103 S. Allen St.

First Assistant Chief Tony Berrena said the smoke was caused by a malfunctioning boiler in the basement of 100 E. College Ave., the former site of Moyer Jewelers on the corner of College and Allen. The smoke went up through the chimney flue, causing it to come out on the roof.

Smoke filled the basements of both buildings, Berrena side. Firefighters were able to shut off the boiler and ventilate the buildings. The smoke was contained to the basements and the flu, and the upper floors of the buildings were not affected.

“There was actually no building fire, just a lot of smoke,” Berrena said.

Businesses remained open throughout the incident, Berrena said. East College Avenue and the 100 block of South Allen Street were closed for engines to set up.

College Avenue reopened at about 12:15 p.m. and South Allen Street reopened just before 1 p.m.



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