A huge fire swept through the empty Montgomeryville Mart in Montgomery Township last night, reducing the sprawling one-story building to rubble.
More than 200 firefighters responded to the general-alarm blaze near the Five Points Intersection, of Routes 309, 202 and 463, after it was reported at 6:31 p.m. Firefighters were under strict orders not to risk entering the building but to douse it with water from the outside.
Montgomery Township police Lt. Gordon L. Simes said the fire had started on the east side of the cinder-block building, in about the middle of the structure, which is longer than a football field. He said wind spread flames to the front and west of the building.