Dozens of departments battle Greenville blaze

GREENVILLE, Pa. (WKBN) — Nearly 60 fire crews spent most of Friday evening fighting an industrial fire in the Reynolds Industrial Park that includes three buildings with different owners near Greenville, Pa.

An additional dozen fire crews were placed on standby for the fire off Route 18. The first calls for the fire came in around 6 p.m. Friday.

Shortly after the first crews arrived, calls went out for backup from the other agencies. At the height of the fire, more than 150 firefighters and EMS crews were on the scene. Crews from as far away as Trumbull County were called to help battle the blaze.

The fire was so large, smoke was visible from WKBN’s Warren Skycam earlier Friday evening. Dozens of people flooded our newsroom with calls and emails to report the fire.

Fire crews faced several obstacles, including the fact that there were fire hydrants in the area, but with as many as five ladder trucks and dozens of engines at the fire, they had to bring tanker trucks in with extra water.

Another obstacle firefighters faced was coordinating all of the emergency crews to the needed areas. Mercer County Director of Public Safety Frank Janetti said it was all hands on deck all night long.

And about 9 p.m., they finally started to get ahead of the fire.

“Accountability is a key issue. Firefighters inside the building, having a lot of aerial devices inside the building right now. There’s a lot of things going on. We use the command post to coordinate those things and make sure all firefighters are taken care of,” Janetti said.

The cause still is under investigation and there have been no reports of injuries so far.

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