Music store owner among those displaced by Pottsville fire – InsuranceNewsNet

April 15—POTTSVILLE— Steve Fotin was standing outside his business, Foltin Music Centerwhile firefighters carried away musical instruments that could be salvaged.

They laid drums and guitars full of soot on a tarp in the parking lot of the shopping complex along Highway 61 which was heavily damaged by fire on Wednesday morning.

Foltin said he opened the business in 2002 and has done everything from music lessons to repairing and selling instruments.

“I have insurance, but I don’t think it will be enough to cover everything,” he said.

The fire caused extensive damage to the two-storey concrete structure at 450 N. Claude A. Lord Blvd. (Highway 61), known as the old Davis Building.

Pottsville fire chief James Misstishin firefighters said Pottsville and departments across Schuylkill County answered the 6:28 call and found heavy smoke. They were forced to close the four lanes of Highway 61 for several hours during rush hour because fire hoses were placed on the north and south lanes.

In addition to several businesses more or less damaged, two people living in an apartment on the second floor behind the building were displaced. Patty Daleydisaster captain with the Red Crossnoted Richard Ratta and her son, Anthony, will receive food, clothing and housing. They were assessed by Schuylkill EMS on site.

Misstishin said firefighters brought the blaze under control at 8:33but several Pottsville the companies remained on the scene in the afternoon to help with the investigation and in case the fire reignites.

In addition to Foltin Music Centerthe complex housed Six-One Steam Lounge and a newly opened tattoo studio, all facing Highway 61, and insurance Gary Brennan II-Aflac, which suffered extensive fire, smoke and water damage. The entire building was damaged by heat and smoke.

Misstishin, who was still at the scene as of late afternoon, said the cause was still under investigation.

“At this time, we have no idea what caused it,” he said.

He contacted a state police fire marshal to help with the investigation.

There may have been a few other businesses in the back of the building, Misstishin said.

Foltin said firefighters told him the fire could have started in an area from the ceiling to the first floor of the building.

“I don’t really know at the moment,” he said at the scene.

He was standing outside his business with Sajun Matharu, owner of Six-One Steam Lounge. Matharu said when he arrived about 45 minutes after the fire was reported, heavy smoke was still billowing from the building.

He said he didn’t know the extent of the damage to his business because he couldn’t get inside.

An attempt to reach the owner of the building, James Coulsonfailed on Wednesday.

As the crews battled the fire, Pottsville fire police closed the northbound lanes of Highway 61 south of the scene while State Police troopers, Pottsville the police and Pottsville fire police closed the southbound lanes. Diverted traffic clogged nearby roads and downtown streets amid the smell of smoke.

In a social media post, the Pottsville Fire Department thanked Dunkin’ Donuts, Bowers DonutsMcDonald’s from Pottsville and Roma pizza to provide food and drink to volunteer responders.


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Alice P. Darby