UPDATE: Old Forge, Lackawanna County- A dangerous situation sparked in Lackawanna County Wednesday as a gas station caught fire around 5:00 p.m. in Old Forge. Everyone made it out safely but the buiding sustained extensive damage.
The Sunoco gas station on South Main Street in Old Forge sits right across the street fom Bill and Debbie Dees.
Bill watched it go up in flames around 5:00 Wednesday evening. He says "I was home. I heard an explosion. I looked and I saw flames coming up in the garage part. " Bill explains the scene and says "the owner of the place was out throwing tires out and everything and the next thing it was really bad." Debbie adds "my biggest concern was my husband and my house. Was my house still there because I didn't know it was in the garage area itself."
The fire started inside one of the automotive bays and quickly spread to the neighboring bays and the attic.
Old Forge Fire Chief Mark Tagliaterra says "I don't know if it was somebody working on a vehicle. I'm not sure yet. We have to do our investigation." No one was hurt, but the big concern was obviously the gas pumps. Bill says "if those gas tanks blew up our house was going with them." Chief Tagliaterra reassures "the gas pumps actually we had crews come in they located the emergency shut offs for the pumps so the pumps were isolated. PPLl also came in and cut the power so there was no problems with the pumps what so ever."
After nearly 2 hours crews from 13 different fire stations finally got the fire out. Debbie says "if it weren't for them god only knows what would have happened." Fire officials are still investigating how the fire started,
Old Forge, Lackawanna County- A two alarm fire at a gas station in Old Forge. Crews were called to the scene just after five. There is very heavy smoke in the area. Crews are trying to get the fire under control. Drivers are being asked to stay away from the area of Main Street.
Right now no word on injuries. Eyewitness News has crews on the scene.