Firefighter injured, Montco car dealership damaged in fire

Paul Kurtz
October 31, 2018 - 6:42 am
This is all that’s left of the service area at Carfagno Chevy, gutted by two-alarm fire.

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UPDATED: 11:40 a.m.

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Investigators are trying to find what sparked a fire overnight that heavily damaged a portion of a car dealership in Plymouth Meeting. 

Little is left of the main service bay area at Carfagno Chevrolet at Ridge Pike and Conshohocken Road. Fire officials have declared the building unstable. They say the intense heat caused the walls and roof to collapse, twisted the steel support beams, and destroyed all the vehicles inside. 

Plymouth Township Fire Chief Mitch Kijak says the two-alarm fire erupted around 1 a.m. It appears the fire started in the rear of the property, but the cause is so far unclear. Crews had the fire under control by 4:30 a.m.

"Initially we didn't have enough water supply to keep it contained," Kijak said. "We were doing the best we could with what we had. And once we got that large-diameter hose established, we made good progress."

One firefighter was injured. 

Kijak said, a "civilian vehicle ... tried to get around the hose and struck the hose then the firefighter. He’s got a leg injury."

Ed Rorbach had trouble processing the scene of utter devastation at his workplace.

"I can't believe it," he said. "It's amazing. I can't believe that the building is gone. I've worked here 10 years. It's just amazing to come to work and see something like this."