Incident Report Released on Perkins Fire
Sandy Township Police were called to the scene of a fire at Perkins at approximately 12:33 PM. All customers and employees evacuated safely. Incident report states that the fire started in the kitchen area, spreading to roof and quickly engulfing entire structure. The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshall was called in and reported that the structure was severely damaged and determined the fire to be accidential in nature. Nearby restaurant Burger King sustained heat and smoke damage. Two firefighters sustained smoke inhalation. The firefighter from Volunteer Hose Company was transported to DRMC hospital where he was treated and released and the firefighter from Oklahoma Fire Company was treated at the scene. While fighting Perkins fire, Sandy Township units were called for three additional alarms that were handled by the staging crew. The alarm at Lowe's was a result of water pressure dropping to fight the Perkins fire. The alarm at Eat N' Park Restaurant was to dispel smoke from the building and the alarm at Arby's in the DuBois Mall was a fire in an electrical outlet - there was no damage. Firefighters were on the scene approximately seven hours. Route 255 closed for four hours and re-opened to traffic at 4:30 PM. Oklahoma Fire Company was called for rekindle at 8:40 PM.
BREAKING - Perkins of DuBois Destroyed
12:33 PM - Crews were called to Perkins after employees noticed a small fire and called 9-1-1.
1:04 PM - Additional crews arrived at the scene to dark, heavy smoke flowing out of the building. Eye witness reports indicated that flames were visible as far away as KFC coming out of the roof. There were people inside at the time, however, reports coming from the scene are saying that everyone was evacuated safely.
1:12 PM - Burger King employees are being evacuated. Crews are trying to contain the fire. According to News Director Lindsey Schoening, crews fear the fire could spread to Burger King.
1:19 PM - Crews from DuBois, Sandy Township, Clearfield, Reynoldsville, Brockway, and Sykesville are all on the scene.
1:32 PM - News Director Lindsey Schoening reported that crews from DuBois and Brockway are trying to put out the fire on the roof. The roof is caving in and beginning to collapse.
1:43 PM - Fire is spreading throughout the building. The roof has pretty much come down. News Director Lindsey Schoening reports that you can see inside the restaurant through the roof and can safely say the building is completely destroyed. There has been no cause determined as of yet.
1:47 PM - No offical word, but reports indicate the fire began in the kitchen.
1:51 PM - According to News Director Lindsey Schoening, flames are no longer visible.
1:57 PM - Traffic is being detoured around the area of the fire. Drivers please be advised that Midway Drive and Shaffer have been closed.
2:18 PM - Reports indicate that things have calmed down and that the fire has been mostly contained.
2:28 PM - According the the DuBois Area School District, school buses to Treasure Lake, Home Camp, Penfield and Sebula are being re-routed around the site of the fire and may be delayed. Because of the degree of traffic in the area, most school buses will be delayed appoximately a half an hour this afternoon.
6:00 PM - The fire has been completely put out. The crowd of volunteers has dissipated; however, few fighterfighters remain. The site of the fire is completely roped off, but traffic has resumed in the area. Crews are beginning to remove the remaining pieces of the roof. Building appears to be a total loss.