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3 -alarm strip mall fire damages barbershop, sends smoke into Valley Farm Market, 2 other businesses

LehighValleyLive.com logo LehighValleyLive.com 10/16/2020 By Kurt Bresswein, The Express-Times, Easton, Pa
a person standing on a stage: The Bethlehem Fire Department battles a fire Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at The Lion's Den barbershop in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center. Neighboring businesses, including Valley Farm Market, saw some smoke, but firefighters were able to contain the fire damage, fire Chief Warren Achey said. © Kurt Bresswein | For lehighvalleylive.com/Kurt Bresswein | For lehighvalleylive.com/The Express-Time... The Bethlehem Fire Department battles a fire Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at The Lion's Den barbershop in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center. Neighboring businesses, including Valley Farm Market, saw some smoke, but firefighters were able to contain the fire damage, fire Chief Warren Achey said.

A fire Thursday night in a Northeast Bethlehem strip mall gutted a barbershop and sent smoke into adjacent businesses, including Valley Farm Market, Bethlehem’s fire chief said.

No one was hurt in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center fire, Chief Warren Achey said at the scene. It was reported about 8 p.m. and smoke could be smelled from blocks away as a plume rose above the mall in the 1800 block of Stefko Boulevard.

Crews from the fire department’s Lincoln Station about a half-mile away arrived to find heavy fire out the front of the The Lion’s Den barbershop. The officer in charge quickly called in a second and third alarm to bring in more manpower and trucks, including from Bethlehem Township.

Firefighters contained the fire to the barbershop, Achey said.

“It doesn’t look like any of the adjacent businesses were affected” by flames, Achey said about 9:10 p.m. as firefighters continued their efforts.

An adjacent coin-operated laundry, however, was filed with smoke, and Achey said smoke also got into Valley Farm Market next door to the barbershop and the H&R Block that is between the laundromat and Retro Fitness.

The front portion of the barbershop appeared badly damaged, its glass front mostly destroyed.

“We’ll do our best to try to get the other businesses up and running,” Achey told lehighvalleylive.com.

City fire Marshal Craig Baer was on scene investigating the cause and origin of the fire, Achey said. City police also interviewed several people.

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Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com.

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