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Few new details emerge in house fire off Pa. 16

November 03, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

SHADY GROVE, Pa. - Few new details were available Sunday concerning a Pa. 16 house fire that hospitalized four people and closed the road on Saturday.

The fire broke out shortly before 4:45 p.m. Saturday at 2027 Buchanan Trail East, a two-story wood-frame construction rental property owned by Ron Kline and Steve Zeis, both of Greencastle, Pa., according to Greencastle (Pa.) Rescue Hose Co. Fire Chief Kevin Barnes.

Two adults and two children were taken to Chambersburg, Pa., and Waynesboro, Pa., hospitals. Barnes said he had not received any updates on their conditions.

One of the children, a 2-year-old, was taken out of the home by a volunteer firefighter who had been in the area.

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Local fire police diverted traffic off heavily traveled Pa. 16.

"For a while, the area between Hades Church Road and Stull Road was closed," Barnes said. Fire police then created a single lane of travel until the road reopened at 8:15 p.m., he said.

"We're fortunate it was a Saturday afternoon and evening, versus the heavy commuting days," Barnes said.

A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was investigating the blaze in the home, which is across the street from the Shady Grove Community Center entrance. The trooper did not return a phone message Sunday.

Barnes said firefighters found one smoke detector on the first floor, but none on the second floor. However, he said the fire marshal examined the house extensively.

The damage was mostly contained to the second floor.

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