Brookside burns

Brookside burns

Brookside Hardware was quickly engulfed in flames Wednesday after a gas tank exploded and created a fireball that soon ignited the entire building. The quick-spreading fire was battled by members of more than a dozen area fire squads using water from the East Branch of the Delaware River. Before it was a hardware store, the building had been a creamery, a plumbing supply store and a restaurant. Officials continue their investigation today.