Fire destroyed an auto body shop and four vehicles inside it the morning of March 25, 2014, in Rapho Township, PA. The 4:30 a.m. blaze caused an estimated $345,000 damage to the Ken’s Restoration business at 2385 Meadow View Road, Mastersonville fire chief Jeff Martin said.
The 78-by-40-foot tin pole barn that housed the body shop was fully-involved when firefighters arrived. “Fire was coming out everywhere, all sides,” the chief said. There were no other buildings nearby, as the house is about 100 feet away. Firefighters attacked the blaze, bringing it under control at 5:27 a.m., Martin said. The roof caved in, so they spent a few more hours putting out hot spots with the help of a trackhoe. Tankers supplied water to fight the fire, and a township representative salted Meadow View Road to prevent it from turning to ice, Martin said. No firefighters were injured, but a Mastersonville Fire Company firefighter was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation.
The auto body shop had operated for 17 years. “He lost everything,” Martin said of the owner of the business, Kenneth Youngeberg.