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Fire destroys Pa. couple's home

February 15, 1999|By DON AINES

SPRING RUN, Pa. - A Fannett Township couple's home was destroyed Monday morning in a fire that may have been started by a bucket of hot ashes, according to an officer with the Fannett-Metal Volunteer Fire Co.

Ray J. Eckenrode and Edith Dewalt, both of 16277 Johnson Road, were taken to Chambersburg Hospital to be evaluated, according to Deputy Fire Chief Warren Clowdis.

He said Eckenrode suffered a minor head injury and Dewalt was having breathing trouble. Their ages were unavailable.

A hospital spokeswoman said Eckenrode was treated and released. Dewalt was admitted in stable condition.

The fire started on the porch of the two-story log home, according to Clowdis. He said Eckenrode told him he had left a bucket of ashes on the porch.

Clowdis said the home was a total loss. He did not have a dollar estimate of the damage, but said the house was not insured.

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He said firefighters were on the scene for about 3 1/2 hours. Firefighters from the Metal Township, Pleasant Hall, Newburg-Hopewell, West End Shippensburg and Vigilant Hose fire companies assisted with the call, Clowdis said.

Janet Diller, executive director of the Franklin County Unit of the American Red Cross said a member of its Disaster Action Team was sent to the scene, but both Eckenrode and Dewalt had already been taken to the hospital. She said they will be contacted later to determine what kind of assistance the couple may need.

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