The Lewisberry fire station is temporarily out of commission after part of its roof collapsed during the snowstorm on Thursday.

Despite that, responses to emergency calls by firefighters won't be impeded, a fire official said.

"We're going to still be able to get equipment out to wherever needed," said Jeff Severance, assistant chief of the Fairview Township Fire Co.

Crews from the department and surrounding departments were sent to 105 W. Front St. station about 2:15 p.m. for the collapse.

About 25 percent to 1/3 of the roof over the social hall collapsed, said William Thompson, president of the borough council. No one was inside at the time, and no injuries were reported.

Snowfall: Though 10 to 16 inches of snow fell during the storm, its not clear that's what caused the collapse, Severance said.

"I got to look in through a door and it was pretty well blocked off from the debris," Thompson said.

Fire crews moved apparatus and equipment housed at the Lewisberry station to the department's two other stations — one at 340 Lewisberry Road and the other at 524 Locust Road — in the township.

The next step will be to have roof examined to see if just the collapsed part needs mended or if the entire roof have to be fixed or replaced, Severance said.

"We don't know the extent of the damage," he said.


The borough contacted its insurance provider, and an adjuster will be out to check out the damage first-hand, Thompson said.

The station, which was built in the mid-1970s, is owned by Lewisberry Borough. Borough officials will have to decide how to move forward.

Rebuild: Thompson said he believes the roof will be able to be fixed, and the station will be operational again.

The borough rents out the social hall for events, such as parties.

Even though the department doesn't own the building, Severance said it was strange responding to a call at the station.

At the time, it was only call the department had been dispatched to on Thursday, Thompson said.

"It's an uneasy feeling getting dispatched to your own building," he said.

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