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Blue Knob Auto Fire Arrest

A Blair County man is behind bars after being charged with setting a fire that heavily damaged an auto service shop in Duncansville late Monday night, police say.

Although not much damage is visible from the front of the building, Jeremy Nagle, Operations Manager at Blue Knob Auto Service says inside and around the back is severely damaged.

“We came out and saw a lot of smoke in the back of the building and there were several fire crews putting out the flames,” says Nagle.

According to court dockets, Nathan Hall, a Duncansville native, was arrested on Tuesday in relation to the fire.

Police say Hall had been recently terminated from employment at Blue Knob Auto Service Center and gained entry to the building by crashing his vehicle through a garage door.

According to police, Hall then ignited flammable liquids inside the building.

He is being charged with arson, burglary, risking catastrophe, reckless burning or exploding among many other things.

“One of the fire crews who responded needed to cut a hole in the roof,” Nagle said. “There’s quite a bit of damage at the back of the facility. There could be structural damage, at this point we don’t know for sure.”

After Monday night’s blaze, a sign on the door now reads that the business is temporarily closed due to damage.

Nagle says they do have a back-up plan to keep operations going.

“At this point were not sure when we will be able to open back up, but we are going to try at least to work an abbreviated schedule using some of our internal repair facilities until we can get back up and running,” Nagle says. “The damage here is severe.”

Hall is now in the Blair County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing is set for March 25.

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