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Possible lightning-caused fire damages Penncraft Store

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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:15 am

Firefighters were on the scene of a fire that heavily damaged Penncraft store. A passerby reported seeing lightning strike the building and alerted the owner, Mike Onesko, who was inside at the time along with some employees.

Numerous fire departments were called to the scene, including the Uniontown Fire Department's ladder truck to tackle the stubborn fire from above.

Tower Hill 2 Fire Chief Terry Stokes said the building has been remodeled over the years and the fire got between the roofs on the building, making it difficult to extinguish. Stokes said heat also made it difficult to fight the fire. A rehabilitation tent was set up to prevent firefighters from being overcome by the heat.

Onesko purchased the store in October and said it is insured. It has been open in Penncraft for at least 70 years and is the closest store to many Luzerne Township residents. Onesko said he intends to rebuild.

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