ANNVILLE, Pa. — Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion after battling a fire that damaged a restaurant and apartments in Lebanon County, according to a fire chief.
The fire at the Corvette Grille in the 200 block of West Main Street in Annville was reported around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters said they found flames and smoke in the kitchen when they arrived, and the fire spread upstairs into vacant apartments.
“(There was) a lot of smoke, and then flames started going up through the roof. It was bad very quickly,” said Carl Martz, a resident.
The Annville fire chief said no one was inside the building, there was excessive smoke damage to an adjoining apartment building. Ten residents were displaced and are being helped by the Red Cross.
Damage is estimated at $350,000.
Jeff Dunn, the owner of the Corvette Grille, said he plans to rebuild.
“We will rebuild and come back bigger and stronger than ever. The community outreach has been unbelievable, and that’s why we love small-town America, and it’s one of the reasons I chose to come here. We’re just thankful that everybody’s safe and healthy, and that’s honestly the most important thing for me at this time,” Dunn said.
A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal said the cause of the fire is not determined and not suspicious.