Perkins in DuBois destroyed by fire
Friday, April 24, 2009
DUBOIS - Yesterday afternoon, at about 12:33 p.m., the Sandy Township Fire Department was called to the scene of a fire at the Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, located along East DuBois Avenue in Sandy Township. The restaurant is owned by Doug Jaggi of Treasure Lake.
All employees and customers were evacuated safely from the building.
According to information from the Sandy Township Fire Department, the fire started in the kitchen area, spread to the roof and quickly engulfed the entire structure.
The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was called in to investigate the fire, which severely damaged the structure, and determined the blaze was accidental in nature.
The nearby Burger King restaurant sustained heat and smoke damage from the blaze.
Two firefighters suffered from smoke inhalation. A firefighter from the Volunteer Hose Co. was transported to DuBois Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released, and a firefighter from Okalahoma Fire Co. was treated at the scene.
While fighting the Perkins fire, Sandy Township units were called for three additional alarms handled by the staging crew.
One alarm at Lowe's was a result of water pressure dropping to fight the Perkins fire, an alarm at Eat ‘n Park restaurant was to dispel smoke from the building and an alarm at Arby's restaurant in the DuBois Mall was a fire in an electrical outlet.
There was no damage.
Firefighters were on the scene at Perkins for approximately seven hours. State Route 255 was closed for four hours and reopened to traffic at 4:30 p.m. Oklahoma Fire Co. was called back for a rekindle at 8:40 p.m.
Responding units included all of Sandy Township Fire Department Units, Volunteer Fire Co., Union and Brady townships, Falls Creek, Penfield, Brockway, Friendship, Reynoldsville, Fourth Ward, Clearfield, Sykesville, J.E. DuBois and Big Run.
Also responding were the Punxsutawney State Police fire marshal, Sandy Township Police, the DuBois Red Cross, B&P Railroad, DuSan Ambulance Service, DuBois EMS ambulance, National Fuel Gas, Penelec, the state Department of Transportation, Sandy Township Public Works, state Rep. Matt Gabler's office, Sandy Township and Clearfield County Emergency Management agencies, DuBois City Water Department and Ellenberger Excavation.