Fire at McDonald Borough public works building; Damage estimated at $700K

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McDONALD, Pa. —

Crews rushed to the scene of a fire Monday morning at the McDonald Borough public works building.
 
Officials said the blaze was reported at the building on O’Hara Street around 11:30 a.m.
 
George Protch, the head of public works, said special oxygen tanks used for heating and cutting metal blew up.
 
Rick Truschel is happy he and a co-worker made it out safely.
 
“All of a sudden, the tanks ignited and turned into flames,” he said.
 
Nothing was able to be saved from inside the building, officials said.
 
Among the items lost were two asphalt pavers, two asphalt rollers, park equipment and a tar buggy. The total loss is estimated at about $700,000.
 
“The park stuff … everything is gone.  Nothing is left,” said councilman Thomas McQuillan.
 
The fire comes less than two weeks Summerfest, and the items were needed to get ready for the big fundraiser.
 
“It’s going to be hard, but we’ll pull through,” said McQuillan.