By Nicole Radzievich, of The Morning Call
A fire that broke out this morning in Mahanoy City destroyed an aerial truck and gutted the historic fire station, hours before a parade of 485 vehicles was to commence in celebration of the community’s 150th anniversary and annual firefighters convention.
The fire broke out at about 4:35 a.m. at Washington Hook and Ladder Co., producing heavy, black smoke and extensive damage to the brick structure in Schuylkill County. The aerial truck, which The Pottsville Republican Herald reports cost $249,500 in 2011, also was destroyed.
Two firefighters sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene, fire officials said Saturday morning.
Officials have not determined the cause of the blaze.