Fire marshal responds to Blossburg State Hospital after early morning fire

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TIOGA COUNTY, Pa. (WETM)- Early this morning a fire broke out on the second floor of the old Blossburg State Hospital, after years of sitting empty and being vandalized.

Fire crews from Blossburg, Liberty and Mansfield were dispatched around 4:37 a.m. First News Now says they saw an orange glow from four windows on the second floor as smoke rose into the air when fire personnel arrived on scene around 4:40 a.m.

Mutual aid was requested as firefighters worked to gain entry into the boarded-up building. Additional fire units from Tioga, Wellsboro and Canton responded to the fire at the old hospital.

Crews used a ladder truck from Mansfield in the front area of the hospital to reach the second floor and a Wellsboro ladder truck responded to the backside of the old hospital to get to the roof.The fire was reported out by Blossburg fire personnel around 6:58 a.m. and the Fire Marshall had just arrived on scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

The hospital has been abandoned since closing in 1972 after nearly 100 years of operation. The Blossburg State Hospital first opened on June 14, 1887, and was also known as Cottage State Hospital with 15 beds.

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