Ebbert Hardware 'will be sadly missed,' asst. fire chief says


Fire of undetermined origin destroyed Ebbert Hardware, a Sandy Lake landmark and one of its oldest buildings, Wednesday, but resulted in no injuries.

Pennsylvania State Police and fire marshal are investigating the cause of the blaze at 3263 S. Main St., which was reported at 1:36 p.m. Firefighters from Mercer, Venango and Crawford counties assisted Sandy Lake Fire and Rescue Co., which cleared the scene at 8:20 p.m.

A variety store and U.S. Postal Service Office adjoining and north of the hardware suffered smoke and water damage but appear to be salvageable, said Daniel Patton, Sandy Lake assistant fire chief.

An estimate of damage to the hardware and its contents and to the other buildings was not available.

Ebbert Hardware was the only hardware in Sandy Lake and will be sadly missed, Patton said.

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