6-alarm fire engulfs 120-year-old furniture factory

STEWARTSTOWN BOROUGH, Pa. – A massive, 120-year-old former furniture factory caught fire in southeast Pennsylvania over the weekend, causing one of the largest blazes in the county’s history, according to fire officials.

“Firefighters and multiple mutual aid companies are currently defending Stewartstown from what is the largest fire in our history,” wrote Todd Gibney, chief of the Eureka volunteer fire department, on Facebook. “The fire has rang six alarms.”

According to local ABC news, the first alarm came at around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Firefighters arrived to find the fire near the back of the vacant Stewartstown Furniture Factory. Built in 1903, furniture was manufactured at the 250,000-square-foot plant until the company shuttered its doors in 1959. After furniture, the building housed an auto parts supply warehouse, according to the York Daily Record.

Firefighters took nearly two days to douse the fire. It was still smoldering as of Monday morning. The fire shut down multiple roads, and embers were found as far as 2.5 miles away.

An investigation has been launched to determine the fire’s cause.

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