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3-alarm Bethlehem barbershop fire under investigation

LehighValleyLive.com logo LehighValleyLive.com 10/16/2020 By Sarah Cassi, The Express-Times, Easton, Pa
The Bethlehem Fire Department battles a fire Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, inside 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, inside 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 three-alarm fire that destroyed a barbershop in a Bethlehem strip mall is under investigation.

Bethlehem police detective and deputy fire marshal Douglas Nothstein and arson dog Silver were at the charred scene Thursday night at The Lion’s Den barbershop, 1862 Stefko Boulevard.

No one was hurt and firefighters contained the fire to the barbershop, but smoke wafted into nearby businesses including Valley Farm Market, a coin-operated laundry and an H&R Block location.

a store front at night: Coin Laundry is full of smoke after the Bethlehem Fire Department responded to neighboring The Lion's Den barbershop Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center. © Kurt Bresswein | For lehighvalleylive.com/Kurt Bresswein | For lehighvalleylive.com/The Express-Time... Coin Laundry is full of smoke after the Bethlehem Fire Department responded to neighboring The Lion's Den barbershop Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center.

Valley Farm was open Friday morning.

Bethlehem police are assisting the Bethlehem Fire Department with the investigation, Lt. Timothy Cooper said, adding use of the department’s arson dog is standard for fires in the city.

a store front at night: The Lion's Den barbershop in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center is damaged in a fire Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. 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 Lion's Den barbershop in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center is damaged in a fire Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Neighboring businesses, including Valley Farm Market, saw some smoke, but firefighters were able to contain the fire damage, fire Chief Warren Achey said.

The fire department would release details about the investigation. City fire Marshal Craig Baer could not be reached for comment Friday morning.

The barbershop, owned by Rondell McNeil, opened in March 2019. Efforts to reach McNeil were not successful Friday morning.

The shopping center is owned by Allenbeth Associates LP, according to Northampton County property records.

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Coin Laundry is full of smoke after the Bethlehem Fire Department responded to neighboring The Lion's Den barbershop Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center. © Kurt Bresswein | For lehighvalleylive.com/Kurt Bresswein | For lehighvalleylive.com/The Express-Time... Coin Laundry is full of smoke after the Bethlehem Fire Department responded to neighboring The Lion's Den barbershop Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in the Stefko Boulevard Shopping Center.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com.

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a person standing on a stage: The Bethlehem Fire Department battles a fire Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, inside 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.

The Bethlehem Fire Department battles a fire Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, inside 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...
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