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Pump Station Road Home Destroyed By Fire

Cause of early morning fire undetermined
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Fire investigators are currently listing the cause of a house fire Monday morning in Licking Creek Township as “undetermined.”

Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal M.B. Gordon of the Mc- Connellsburg barracks told the “News” he surveyed the fire scene for several hours July 18 after the blaze swept through the home of George Messinger. While it appears the fire may have originated in the kitchen/living room area, Gordon stated he is currently listing the case as “undetermined.”

Neither Messinger nor his two teenage- children were home when emergency officials received initial notification of the fire at 1:30 a.m. Messinger has since returned from an out- ofstate trip, Gordon said, and has located temporary living quarters.

The fire marshal has estimated the loss of both home and contents at approximately $400,000.

The Hustontown Volunteer Fire Co. was dispatched to the home located at 425 Pump Station Road, Harrisonville, after a resident on Davis Lane spotted the blaze already under way at the base of the mountain. Fire Chief Darius DeShong said that on arrival the two-story house was “fully engulfed.”

With assistance from the Mc- Connellsburg, Needmore, Three Springs, RW&BT and Breezewood fire companies, the volun- teer firefighters were able to extinguish the flames that totally destroyed the residence. Fannett Metal, also known as Company 12 out of Franklin County, remained on standby.

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