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Owner ‘devastated’ after fire rips through Red Lion Salvage; one employee injured

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YORK COUNTY, Pa.--An employee of Red Lion Salvage is injured after a fire broke out Thursday afternoon in the salvage yard.

Police say the employee's tool caused a spark which ignited in a detached fuel tank. The business building, located at 350 Craley Road in Windsor Township, and adjacent vehicles then caught fire which spread to others.

David Bittner, who works in the salvage, said, "Within seconds the whole shop area was just burning like an inferno."

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One employee, who has not yet been identified, was transported to York Hospital to be treated for burns.

One woman who works in the office said employees had to call 911 on their cellphones because the landline had already burned up.

Bittner warned the people in the office to get out.

He said, "By the time I had gotten to one end of the building to the other, within a minute and a half the whole building was already on fire. And they were trying to go back in to get their purses and stuff, and I'm like no you need to come out right now because it was right there."

The owner of the auto salvage, Steve Olkowski, said he is devastated.

Employees are working to clean up the cars damaged by the fire and are grateful no one else was hurt.

Olkowski said he hopes to reopen by Tuesday.

This story has been updated from its previous version as new information was released.