Fire destroys Conewango home
Fire destroyed a Conewango Township home on Tuesday.
The call for the fire at 334 Preston Road went out shortly after 12:45 p.m. and firefighters were on the scene within minutes.
A resident who was home at the time of the fire called it in. No one was injured.
“When we pulled on scene, there was heavy smoke and fire showing from the back of the structure,” Starbrick Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kirk Foust said. “We started with offensive, interior, attack. Within the first half hour, we had ceiling collapse, so we went to exterior firefighting.”
The collapse was not a surprise and firefighters were able to safely withdraw from inside the house. The fire burned for hours and, though the house was still standing, Foust expects it will be declared a total loss.
“They are insured,” Foust said of the residents. “They were working on a place to stay when we left.”
Firefighters were on the scene until after 5:30 p.m., he said.
With the temperature approaching 90 degrees on Tuesday, numerous departments were activated and responded to the fire. Foust said there were about 30 firefighters who responded from Starbrick, Pleasant, Youngsville, North Warren, Wrightsville, Clarendon, Spring Creek, and Glade volunteer fire departments, the City of Warren Fire Department. Spring Creek’s rehab unit and Warren County Public Safety provided water for the firefighters. Emergycare provided ambulance standby during the fire. Conewango Township Police and Pennsylvania State Police also responded to the situation.
The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent and Foust said he expected a Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal to be at the scene on Wednesday.