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Fire Damages Antique Car Warehouse in Mars

Close to 50 cars were stored in the building, according to fire officials.

Fire damaged a warehouse storing close to 50 antique cars along Grand Avenue in Mars Friday afternoon.

Capt. Talo Capuzzi of the Adams Area Fire District said an outdoor fire a neighbor of the building had going caught a truck parked alongside the car warehouse on fire. The flames from the truck spread to the building.

The warehouse was unoccupied when the flames broke out.

Firefighters had the flames knocked out in about 15 minutes, Capuzzi said.

“The guys on the engine did a really good job,” he said.

The building received minor damage, Capuzzi said. Building owner Bill Sweeny said a 2004 Cadillac Escalade also was damaged. He said the other cars—which are mostly classic cars from the 1950s—inside the building also will need to be aired out because of the smoke smell.

The warehouse—which also contained antique pedal cars—is located next to the Mars Area Public Library, which was evacuated. Because of Friday’s high temperatures, the library opened its doors to firefighters as temporary place to cool off.

Neighbor Ron Leonberg, who lives across the street from the warehouse, said there was black smoke was coming from the building when firefighters first arrived on the scene.

“It was pouring out,” he said.

Firefighters from Cranberry, Richland, Wexford, Middlesex, Zelienople, Harmony and Evans City assisted Adams Area on the fire.

Check back with Cranberry Patch for updates.

cranberry July 01, 2012 at 04:06 PM
It is a pet peeve of yours that they are airing out a building that was on fire? Really!!
Lhj July 02, 2012 at 07:10 AM
Wow.... Some people amaze me! I'm just glad I called 911!! Glad no major damage was done!
Carolyn M. July 02, 2012 at 12:21 PM
No, my pet peeve is that everyone seems to drop the "to be" before the "need". Sorry, I wasn't very clear.
From Cranberry July 02, 2012 at 02:52 PM
So it was a grammer thing, not a complaint about the volunteer Firefighters doing the clean up after a fire that they fought in ninety degree heat. Thanks for clearing that up!
Carolyn M. July 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Firefighters can do no wrong in my book. And it's grammar, not grammer. LOL. Just busting chops.

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