Forty firefighters from five volunteer fire departments battled a fire in a large metal garage during a thunderstorm with heavy rain and lighting on Monday, March 13, 2006.
The Mount Jewett Volunteer Fire Department was initially dispatched to a fully involved garage fire with explosions.
Fire Chief Craig Simons immediately requested a second alarm bringing manpower and apparatus from Kane, Smethport, Hamlin Township and Highland Township volunteer fire departments to the scene.
The rural location required the use of a porta-tank and a tanker shuttle operation to supply water for firefighting operations. Destroyed in the fire in addition to the garage were a pick-up truck, snowmobile, boat, three-wheeler and an antique farm tractor.
Firefighters were on the scene for two hours.
Damage was estimated at $80,000.
A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.