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Blaze causes 'extensive' damage to Washington Township home

February 15, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - Firefighters on Thursday afternoon returned to a home in the Beartown area of Washington Township, Pa., for the third time in two months.

The Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Squad was called to 11114 Woodring Lane at 1:15 p.m. and remained there for three hours, Administrator Patrick E. Fleagle said.

Firefighters went to the single-story home at Christmastime when problems arose with heat tape that had been applied to pipes, Fire Chief Jim Meek said. A small fire shortly thereafter remained under investigation by the Washington Township Police Department, he said.

A police investigation has been opened into the origin and cause of Thursday's blaze, said Fleagle, who described the damage as extensive.

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"Today was much worse. ... They'll be displaced from this fire for quite a while," Meek said.

Fleagle said the family, whom he declined to identify, had talked to representatives of the American Red Cross for assistance.

The fire department wants to start a collection for them, Meek said.

The house was empty when 20 firefighters from Franklin and Adams counties in Pennsylvania and Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland began arriving, Fleagle said.

On Aug. 2, 2007, fire destroyed a mobile home on nearby Green Lane. Afterward, the woman living there was moving her children into a Zullinger, Pa., apartment at Arturo's Pizzeria & Restaurant when that also suffered fire damage due to an apparent electrical malfunction.

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