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Blaze damages Needmore home

January 24, 2001

Blaze damages Needmore home



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


NEEDMORE, Pa. - A Needmore area family - including a mother, a child and a man who lived with them - were turned out of their mobile home by a Wednesday morning fire, the chief of the Needmore Volunteer Fire Department said.

There were no injuries.

Dennis Strait said the trailer flames were shooting up everywhere by the time the first units arrived around 8:30 p.m. The family was standing outside watching as their home burned, he said.

The home was owned by Bonnie Omer. A family pet was lost in the fire, Strait said. He didn't know what the animal was. "She only said it was a pet," he said.

Omer lived in the trailer with her child and a man who Strait said may be her brother. "We're not sure of the relationship," he said.

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The family lost all of their belongings in the blaze, he said. The local Red Cross chapter was planning to find temporary living quarters for the family, Strait said.

The fire was investigated by the state fire marshal. It was caused by an electrical malfunction, Strait said.

He estimated the damages at around $35,000.

Fire departments from Hancock in Washington County and Berkeley Springs in Morgan County, W.Va., also responded, Strait said.

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