A huge fire broke out at the Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
The fire sent up thick plumes of smoke that can be seen from miles away. The blaze was first reported at 11:50 am in the morning. Multiple firefighting crews battled the fire in the 200 block of Hartman Bridge Road in Strasburg Township.
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“There is heavy black smoke billowing from this building,” WGAL reporter Anne Shannon said at the scene. “Flames are just shooting out of the roof. They have several fire companies from the area already on the scene.”
According to the reporter, the fire had moved from the portion of the building where the main restaurant is located into the gift shop area. It has also spread into other areas of the structure.
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As smoke poured out from the windows, at least two ladder trucks doused the building. Responding to the blaze were fire crews from Bart Township, Bird in Hand, Lafayette, and other areas.
An employee told Shannon that the business was not open when the fire started. As a result, there were no patrons inside. The staff member also confirmed that the fire appeared very small initially when it started and everyone was able to get out. No injuries have been reported so far.
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The cause of the fire is yet unknown. The restaurant and inn is a popular destination for the locals as well as tourists.
Strasburg Borough Water customers have been advised that they may experience dirty water due to drawing water to combat the fire, according to the Strasburg Borough Police Department.