Fire breaks out at Susquehanna County auto service center

Western PA News

GREAT BEND TOWNSHIP, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, Pa. (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A well-known service center is destroyed by flames in Susquehanna County Wednesday.

Firefighters spent hours battling the fire at Marv’s Service Center. As devastating as this fire is, thankfully no injuries were reported.

Power was cut off but has since been restored as crew worked to fight the fire.

Viewer video shows flames ripping out of Marv’s Service Center along Route 11 in Great Bend Township at around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“The smoke covered the sun and all you could see is just the outlet of the sun. That’s how high it was and black. And just smell. It was just horrible. But, I mean flames shooting way above the buildings,” eyewitness Elizabeth Allard said.

Allard watched as seven customer vehicles, one tow truck, and an excavator were ruined by the blaze.

“It’s going to be devastating to the community. Marv’s is a wonderful business, you know they do a lot for the community. It’s just horrible,” Allard said.

The owner, who did not want to go on camera, says one employee was working at the time of the fire. That person heard a pop followed by a loud bang.

The state police fire marshal was on scene investigating the smaller of the two buildings.

“One of our assistant chiefs happened to be going by at the time, seeing the fire, called in an immediate second alarm. Due to the shortage of manpower during the day we pretty much have four counties involved here,” Great Bend Hose Company Chief David Derrick said.

Courtesy: Tim and Tom Gaughan

At least four departments from Broome County and more than six from Susquehanna and surrounding counties battled the intense flames.

“I gave Broome County the C-D side of the fire and I took the A-B side and everything went well,” Derrick said.

Now Route 11 is back open at this hour. It was closed for nearly six hours as crews fought that fire.

Again, no injuries were reported.

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