fire at a computer refurbishing business in North Catasauqua prompted precautionary evacuations of nearby residents, but the blaze was brought under control quickly and no one was hurt, authorities said. The fire was reported at 3:15 p.m. at Copitron at 1151 Front St. Flames were contained to a loading dock attached to the main building that is used for storage, said Deputy Chief Paul Santee of the North Catasauqua Fire Department. Several dozen residents were evacuated from their homes by police and firefighters. Everyone was back in their homes by Thursday evening.
Cindy Berger said she was in her Front Street home when she smelled smoke and was concerned it was coming from her house. She said a police officer at her front door told her and her family they had to evacuate due to chemicals being stored at the warehouse.
Santee said the evacuations occurred because authorities initially were unsure of the situation. He said Copitron remanufactures printers and computers and sells them along with new merchandise. He said no hazardous materials were involved. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The fire was partially extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system, Santee said, and firefighters extinguished flames that were above the sprinkler system and checked the building to make sure the fire hadn’t spread. Fire departments from North Catasauqua, Catasauqua, Northampton, Hokendauqua, Coplay, Allen Township, Whitehall Township and East Allen Township responded, Santee said.