Firefighter hurt battling fire that badly damaged Greensburg Public Works building

Greensburg to make emergency declaration following fire at public works warehouse

GREENSBURG, Pa. — A firefighter was hurt early Saturday while battling a fire that badly damaged the Greensburg Public Works building.

Flames broke out just after midnight at the building on South Urania Avenue in Greensburg.

The firefighter was taken to the hospital. Their condition has not been released.

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The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, the fire chief said.

The intense heat from the fire twisted the support beams inside the building.  Two large dump trucks inside were badly charred.  The city’s asphalt paver, snowplow equipment were also damaged by fire.

The street sweeper machine may have been the source of the fire, the fire chief said.

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An emergency declaration was filed Monday afternoon. Greensburg Mayor Robert Bell said his number one priority is making sure the equipment, which much of it is used for fall leaf collection and snow removal, is repaired as soon as possible.

Bell said that it will take at least 30 days to determine the extent of the damage.

The fire chief said the building did not have a fire suppression system.