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Fires displace two Scotland families

March 08, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Two Scotland families were displaced by fires at their mobile homes on Monday and Tuesday.

The Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department was the primary responder on both fires. Fire officials said no one was injured in either blaze.

Tuesday's fire at 2066 Stillhouse Hollow Road has been ruled accidental, while Monday's fire in the 1000 block of Garver Lane is being investigated by a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal, fire officials said.

Fayetteville Fire Co. Capt. Brian Mason said the Stillhouse Hollow Road fire was dispatched at 1:39 p.m. Six fire companies had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.

"When we arrived, smoke was coming from the mobile home, and no one was home at the time," Mason said.

The home is owned by Nancy Neuder, who shares it  with two other adults and one child. They are working with the American Red Cross to find temporary housing, Mason said.

"It was a total loss," Mason said. "It was an electrical fire. The hot-water pump was hooked into an electric cord. It was not an outside current."

Dustin Ulrich, deputy fire chief for Fayetteville Fire Co., said Monday's 10:20 p.m. fire in the 1000 block of Garver Lane in Greene Township, Pa., took about 30 minutes to bring under control.

"We arrived on the scene with fire in two of the bedrooms," Ulrich said.

He said no one was injured and no one was home at the time of the fire.

The cause is being investigated, Ulrich said.

"They were out taking a walk from what we are being told," he said.

Two adults, two children and a puppy were displaced because of the fire. Ulrich said they are staying with relatives.

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