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Chambersburg woman escapes from burning bedroom

January 16, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A woman escaped from a burning second-floor bedroom Tuesday afternoon, Chambersburg Acting Emergency Services Chief William Dubbs said.

The fire at 65 S. Franklin St., about a block away from the Franklin Volunteer Fire Co., was called in at 1:48 p.m. and took about 15 minutes to bring under control, Dubbs said. The cause was undetermined and a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was to inspect the house today, he said.

The woman awoke to find smoke coming from or near the television set in the bedroom, Dubbs said. She left the room to get a bucket of water to put out the fire, but by the time she returned, the smoke was too thick to re-enter the room, he said.

Dubbs said he did not have the name of the woman, but said she was not injured in the fire.

The house, which was in the process of being remodeled, sustained fire and smoke damage to the second floor and water damage to the first floor, Dubbs said. The fire was mostly contained to the bedroom and did not get into the attic, he said.

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Firefighters threw charred furnishings and debris from a second-floor window, and a still-smoking mattress and box spring were dragged out the front door and hosed down.

Along with the Chambersburg Fire Department and Franklin Volunteer Fire Co., firefighters from the Fayetteville and New Franklin fire companies came to the scene, along with the Letterkenny Fire Department and the Franklin County Emergency Air Unit.

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