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Family of seven loses possessions when home burns

January 11, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - The St. Thomas Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. is accepting clothing and shoe donations for the family of seven whose home was damaged by fire Saturday morning.

Neighbors alerted the family on Hade Road off U.S. 30 of the fire and everyone escaped uninjured, Fire Company Lt. Mark Straley said.

The family was making arrangements to stay with family or friends, but the American Red Cross would help them find shelter if those plans fell through, Straley said.

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Half of the two-story home was gutted by the fire that was reported at 5:16 a.m. by a passerby who called 911, Straley said.

A fire marshal with Pennsylvania State Police was expected to investigate the cause of the fire on Monday, Straley said.

Approximately 30 firefighters from St. Thomas, Chambersburg, Franklin, Mercersburg, Marion and McConnellsburg fire companies and the air unit responded to the fire, he said.

The fire was under control within 45 minutes, Straley said.

Water used to put out the fire froze on Hade Road so township officials put stone over the ice, he said.

Clothing donations can be dropped off at the fire hall at 34 Schoolhouse Road.

Straley said the mother wears a large shirt size, size 12 pants and shoes size 10.

The father wears an extra large shirt, size 36/34 pants and size 8 1/2 wide shoes.

Two girls wear size 2T shirts and pants and shoes sizes 5 and 7.

Another girl wears a 12 or 14 or large shirt, size 14b pants and shoes size 8.

One boy wears a size 6T shirt and pants and shoes size 131/2.

The other boy wears an extra large shirt, size 29/32 pants and size 8 shoes.

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