November 4th, 2008
09:02 PM ET

Fire closes Pennsylvania polling place

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Bernadette Dunegan, 39, of Patton, Pennsylvania, said the town's only polling place was blocked this morning after a fire broke out last night across the street.

The fire, at Bowman's Sporting Goods, started late last night and went into the morning hours. Dunegan said at least 13 fire companies and 40 trucks were at the scene trying to put out the fire.

The store sold hunting supplies including ammunition and hunting clothing, which kept the fire going, Dunegan said. "I could see the flames shooting up behind the buildings behind me. You can still smell the smoke. It smells like a big camp fire."

Patton is a town of less than 1,000 people, and the polling place at the fire house is the only site in town to vote.

"The road is still closed because of the the debris. All of the debris poured out on the road. They couldn't get to the polling place, so they had to move it."

"Because it happened overnight, a lot of people were asleep when it happened. I got a phone call at 11:30 last night, so some people didn't wake up. Some people had heard about the fire, but didn't realize the polling place had changed."

The town put a makeshift sign up, made with cardboard and permanent markers, to send people to the new polling place. "They didn't have time to make up a good sign. They didn't realize the power wasn't going to be back on." The town uses electronic voting machines.

The new voting site is at the Patton Ambulance Center.

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