Fire destroys auto service center in Great Bend Twp.

Marv's Service Center Fire - May 12 - Great Bend Twp. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

An aerial view of the fire damage at Marv’s Service Center on Route 11, Great Bend, captured by drone. PHOTO COURTESY JOSHUA ROSE/OMEGA IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY


Marv’s Service Center Fire – May 12 – Great Bend Twp. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

Fire broke out just after 9 a.m. at Marv’s Service Center, Rt. 11, Great Bend Twp., on Wednesday, May 12.

One employee on the scene said he heard a “pop” sound and then a “bang.” He opened a door in the garage and saw flames, he told reporters. No one was injured in the blaze.

Great Bend Hose Co. Fire Chief David Derrick said fire companies and personnel from four counties reported to the scene to assist.

Derrick said firefighters knew that acetylene and propane were stored on the premises.

Onlookers reported they heard what they described as around five “explosions” and dark smoke was visible across the Susquehanna River in Hallstead. 

Derrick said the explosions heard by local residents were caused by motor oil.

Several vehicles in the garage, and on the outside, were also destroyed.

In addition to firefighters and emergency responders, a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal and Susquehanna County Emergency Management also reported to the scene. 

1 Comment on "Fire destroys auto service center in Great Bend Twp."

  1. Very sad to hear of this. Marv’s is a highly respected repair shop with the knowledge and experience to solve just about any problem. It’s friendly family owned business has always been there to help EMS with accidents and road hazards. They deserve a lending hand and everyone’s prayers in this time of need. I hope they rebuild better than before, they deserve it!

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