QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania State Police are investigating a car accident and fire that killed one person in Quakertown.
The accident happened just after 2 a.m. Friday, when a driver traveling along 309 South swerved off of the road and crashed into Pool Pro, a pool supply company at 1619 N. West End Boulevard. The driver was killed.
A man who lives above the business describes the moment the car hit the business.
“The car came down from 309, somehow managed to crash into Pool Pro and about 30 seconds later it burst into flames,” said resident Tyler Moyer. “I woke everyone up in my apartment. I ran outside to see what was going on and then I see the car that was lodged, in there, engulfed in flames.”
The crash sparked a fire, which sent massive flames into the air and eventually rose to two alarms.
Firefighters had to wear air packs as they worked to put out the fire because of pool chemicals chlorine and muriatic acid in the air.
The driver who was killed has not yet been identified. State Police and the Bucks County Fire Marshal’s office are looking into why the car swerved off of the road. There were no brake marks on the roadway or parking lot.
Several families who live in apartments on the property got out safely. The Red Cross is helping them.
Pool Pro’s owners have insurance and plan to continue to serve customers off-site Friday.