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Fire damages house in Franklin County

February 09, 2011
  • A Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue firefighter pulls a wall down on the side of the house at the scene of a fire Wednesday on Pennersville Rd.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. — It took firefighters about an hour to extinquish a fire Wednesday morning that destroyed a home in the 12000 block of Pennersville Road.

The fire was first reported at about 8:26 a.m. By the time Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue was on the scene, the house was engulfed in flames, according to Fire Chief Jim Meek.

Meek said firefighters initially battled the blaze from both inside and outside the house, but they eventually had to move their efforts outside as the structure weakened.

The front of the house collapsed after about 30 minutes, he said.

No one was at home when the fire broke out, and no one was hurt, Meek said.

He said the cause of the fire was not immediately known and was under investigation by the Washington Township (Pa.) Police Department.

While Meek considered the house a total loss, he said Wednesday night that he hadn't yet met with the property owner to assess the full extent of the damage.

A mix of bad weather, limited volunteers and brief water problems challenged the more than 12 fire companies that responded to the blaze, he said.

"All parties did a tremendous job, though" Meek said.

Firefighters were at the scene for about five hours, according to Meek.

He said the residents of the house were staying with family Wednesday night.

Neither their names nor the name of owner was immediately available.

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