2009-06-04 / Front Page

Fire Destroys Wells Valley Home

Tanker crashes en route to fire scene
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Hustontown firemen Marvin DeShong and Alton Tice only suffered minor injuries when the fire tanker they were taking to a structure fire along Wells Valley Road last Thursday evening skidded off the roadways and flipped onto its side. Hustontown firemen Marvin DeShong and Alton Tice only suffered minor injuries when the fire tanker they were taking to a structure fire along Wells Valley Road last Thursday evening skidded off the roadways and flipped onto its side. Two volunteer firefighters en route to a structure fire in Wells Township last Thursday evening escaped serious injury when their tanker crashed within two miles of departing Hustontown's firehouse.

Seventy-one-year-old Marvin L. DeShong and passenger Alton Ray Tice, 25, both of Hustontown, were transported to Fulton County Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries following the 10:42 p.m. crash.

The volunteer firemen were injured when the 2000 Freightliner tanker they were occupying ran off the heavily rain-soaked roadway at 6462 Waterfall Road, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Bradley R. Huff reported. The tanker knocked out approximately 40 feet of guiderail before overturning onto its side along an embankment. Both DeShong and Tice were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident, which disabled the tanker truck.

The tanker was eventually set back to rights and removed from the scene by Interstate Towing. Members of the McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. aided state police on the scene with traffic control.

Meanwhile, additional firefighters from Hustontown and neighboring volunteer companies from Robertsdale, Wood and Broad Top (RW&BT), Three Springs, Saxton, Six Mile Run and Trough Creek arrived on the scene to find the seasonal home of Jeffrey Manley of Arlington, Va., fully engulfed in flames. Additional companies remained on standby.

Utilized as a type of weekend or summer getaway, the 2-1/2 story home as well as Manley's personal belongings were completely destroyed in the blaze.

State police Fire Marshal Trooper M.B. Gordon visited the fire scene during the morning hours on Friday, May 29, to help determine both the origin and cause of the fire. In speaking with the "News," Gordon stated he is still investigating the incident and should have more to report later this week.

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