Fire at Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation

SUNBURY — Employees of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation had an interesting afternoon, as a part of a transmitter suddenly caught fire.

All five radio stations were operating as normal when an alarm signaled an issue and employees smelled something unusual.  Alisha Taylor of 94KX first noticed the smell and discovered flames in the transmitter room.

Employees attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but due to the transmitter’s encasing, it did not put out the fire.  Emergency crews from Hummels Wharf, Shamokin Dam, Northumberland, Winfield, and Americus Ambulance arrived on the scene and controlled the fire immediately, then spent half an hour clearing smoke.

WKOK was off the air for a time between 1:30p.m. and 2:15p.m. as crews responded to douse the flames.  The staff was asked to exit the building until the situation was resolved.  No one was injured.  All stations are currently back on the air and operating as usual.  No word on the extent of damage to the transmitters.  A special thank you goes out from WKOK to the volunteer fire companies who
responded, and Hummels Wharf Assistant Fire Chief Jack Grove. (Codi Jade)

 

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