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Fire damages Pa. home

July 02, 1998

MONT ALTO, Pa. - A family of four lost its home Wednesday during an 8:15 a.m. blaze, according to a fire department spokesman.

Mont Alto Fire Chief Mark Garling said the state fire marshal's office was called to investigate the blaze at 3821 Fetterhoff Chapel Road in Mont Alto.

"We're not calling it suspicious, but we have been unable to determine the point of origin," Garling said.

He said firefighters found two separate fires - one on the first floor and another on the second - when they arrived.

"The second fire could have been caused by heat, but we just don't know at this time," he said Wednesday night.

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The home was empty when the fire broke out, Garling said.

He estimated the worth of the house, which was less than a year old, at nearly $300,000. Garling said it was built by Richard Scalia for his family, including his wife and two small daughters.

Scalia could not be reached for comment.

Garling estimated the damage at between $100,000 and $200,000 and said it was restricted to the interior and its contents.

One firefighter suffered minor burns while battling the flames and was treated at Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital and released, he said.

Units from Chambersburg, Waynesboro, Greencastle, Marion, New Franklin and the Franklin air wagon responded, Garling said.

-Richard F. Belisle

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