MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- One home was destroyed and another heavily damaged in fires Monday that displaced families in Montgomery and St. Thomas townships, according to fire officials.
The first fire was reported at about 12:45 a.m. at the home of Jack and Kathy Kendall at 2328 Community Center Road, St. Thomas Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Mark Straley said.
"The dog alerted them of the fire," Straley said. The couple and the dog escaped from the one-story rancher without injury, he said.
The fire destroyed two bedrooms of the house and there was heavy smoke and water damage to the rest of the building, he said. The cause of the fire was undetermined and Trooper Jeffrey Sarver was called to investigate, he said.