Firefighters from West Hazleton, Pennsylvania responded about 9:15 p.m. Monday, December 6, 2021 to a report of a fire on the roof of the Weis Markets grocery store, 100 Weis Ln, West Hazleton, Pennsylvania. The small roof fire rapidly extended in high winds to destroy most or all of the roof of the 290 X200 square-foot structure.
The fire was elevated to a 4th Alarm with two specials, according to YouTube Channel Fire & Film.
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Injuries: No serious injuries
Fire Damage/Property Damage Estimate: greater than $1 million
In a business press release Weis expressed gratitude to the West Hazleton Fire Department and Chief Richard Sparks along with the other participating fire companies for their rapid response to the fire that occurred about 45 minutes before closing time (10:00 p.m.), December 6, at the West Hazleton Township store.
“We are also grateful no one was seriously injured.”
— Weis Markets
When the fire was discovered at approximately 9:15 p.m., the store immediately activated the fire alarm and evacuated 25-30 customers and associates. The West Hazleton Fire Department was on site within minutes.
“Today we are assessing next steps. Presently, we are looking to relocate our Hazleton store’s pharmacy to a temporary location and hope to reopen within the next several weeks. Customers with pharmacy questions can call 1-866-999-9347. We will also reopen our West Hazleton Weis Gas N’ Go fuel center in the coming days.
In addition, our store team is our top priority. We are currently in the process of reassigning this store’s 191 full and part-time associates to one of five Weis locations in the area and assessing the damage that occurred to the building.
We believe the fire damage is contained to the roof while the store interior suffered smoke and water damage. As a precaution, we will destroy all the product in the store.
In the days ahead, we will determine the extent of the damage to our store and develop a plan and timeline for repairing and reopening our store. We’ve been in Hazleton for more than 60 years and are grateful to the community for its long-time support. We look forward to serving them again.”
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