UNION TOWNSHIP, LEBANON COUNTY—Firefighters in Lebanon County spent the early morning hours fighting a large fire at a barracks buidling on the grounds of Fort Indiantown Gap. The fire burned through the building that normally houses troops. No soldiers were living in the quarters at the time.
Just before 3 a.m., fire crews on the base smelled smoke and went to check out the situation. Just minutes later, they found an intense fire burning at Building 5-7 off Service Road. Firefighters called in units from Lebanon and Dauphin Counties, eventually bringing in a total of 12 companies to assist.
"It's such an asset for us. We are very thankful to the taxpayers and our stakeholders in order to support us so we can have that first response here at the Gap and also the mutual aid response we have with local fire departments," said Colonel Cindy Dwyer from the Pennsylvania National Guard.
During the firefighting, two firefighters were hurt. Both of the victims were transported to Hershey Medical Center, one with a shoulder injury and the other with burns. Both are expected to be OK.
The Lebanon County Fire Marshall will investigate the cause but right now they are leaning towards it being electrical in nature.
Because of the damage, officials at Fort Indiantown Gap have decided to knock down the building and turn it into a parking lot.