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Family escapes Pa. house fire

January 22, 1998

Family escapes Pa. house fire

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. - Three people escaped safely through a window as their home on Loop Road in Quincy Township burned at 2:40 a.m. Wednesday.

The father, daughter and cousin who were in the home at 10746 Loop Road at the time of the fir were treated at the scene for minor cuts and bruises they suffered after crawling through a window they knocked out at the back of the house, said a spokesman from South Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.

A firefighter was taken to Waynesboro Hospital, where he was treated for debris in his eyes and released, he said.

When firefighters arrived at the home - a double-wide mobile home with a brick addition - the fire was fully involved and already burning through the roof, according to the spokesman.

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The family had already escaped by the time firefighters arrived, he said.

The girl apparently woke up her father and cousin after she was awakened by the smell of smoke, he said.

It took about 25 minutes to knock down the fire that gutted the home, leaving only a shell, the spokesman said.

Estimated damage is $100,000, he said.

The fire is believed to have started in the back of the home around a wood stove, according to the spokesman.

The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal is investigating the fire.

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