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Waynesboro firefighter hurt in slip on burned roof

April 08, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Scott Kelly's friend visited Monday afternoon to give an estimate for replacing the roof at his Quincy Township, Pa., home.

The need for roof replacement soon was immediate as firefighters tore the moss-covered cedar shakes to pieces. Firefighters from Washington and Franklin counties reported seeing fire and smoke near the chimney when called to 9724 Teffeteller Lane at about 5 p.m. Monday.

"I had a fire going in the fireplace, and I'm guessing an ember got out on the roof. The roof was old, and it was dry," Kelly said.

The cause and origin of the fire remained under investigation, fire officials said.

Casey Rock, who works with both the Waynesboro fire department and ambulance squad, suffered bruises when he slipped while working on the roof, according to Steve Biesecker, an operator with the local fire department.

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Kelly moved to the log cabin-style, 1,000-square-foot home a few months ago to leave the noise and smog behind in Philadelphia.

"My family's owned this place since I was a kid," Kelly said, adding that the home is about 25 years old.

Firefighters used a quarter-mile worth of hose to reach the single-story home, which is in a wooded area off Gap Road and about two miles from the Tomstown pump.

"The biggest problem is that we could only get one engine back here and everyone else had to walk," Biesecker said.

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