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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

UPDATE: Fire Nearly Destroys Building

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Hanover Fire Department attended to four calls including a fire at the Golden Tiger martial arts studio.

To say Hanover Firefighters have been busy would be an understatement.

There was a lot of fire siren action in Hanover on Tuesday as volunteer firefighters have been all over town.

Fire Chief Jeff Dentinger says in the span of just nine hours, firefighters have responded to four calls: a structure fire, two medical calls and a carbon monoxide call with levels present.

The structure fire took place in an apartment above Golden Tiger, a marital arts studio located in Hanover’s downtown. (within the 300 block of 10th street)

Occupants of the apartment awoke to smoke and firefighters arrived on scene around 1:30 am.

Dentinger says firefigheters worked fast to knock the fire down which led to minimal fire and water damage.

Doing this was not easy, as it took a little extra time to pinpoint the fire which was located in the attic.

Firefighters were on the scene for a few hours.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Fortunately, Dentinger says there was no loss of life or injuries.

This is Hanover’s first structure fire of the year.

Dentinger credits firefighters for a job well done, noting that responding to 4 calls within nine short hours means most of his firefighters are going on littlle to no sleep today.

He commends his crew for their dedication and service to the community.

Building Owner and operator of Golden Tiger, Terry Sulkye says no one was injured in the blaze and everyone including the pets managed to make it out in time.

Aside from some water damage, Sulkye says the martial arts studio itself looks to be in good condition.

The apartment above however did not fair as well, he says it will require a lot of renovation work.

Sulkye says he is incredibly grateful to the Hanover firefighters for a job well done.

He adds the community support has also been overwhelming.

Sulkye hopes to have the martial arts studio open as soon as possible.

If the Fire Chief gives the all clear, Sulkye says this could mean that the studio will be open by this evening.

He will keep patrons posted through Facebook.


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