2013-01-02 / Front Page

Fire Damages Union Twp. Home

Red Cross called in to assist

A home in southern Fulton County was damaged early Saturday morning when a fire broke out.

Six fire companies were at the scene of the 5:20 a.m. blaze at 4416 Buck Valley Road, including primary responder Little Orleans Fire Co. led by Chief John Cllingerman. In media reports Clingerman said an addition to the single-story residence belonging to Ada Fletcher was destroyed and the main living area of the home was gutted.

Clingerman said heavy falling snow hampered the company’s expediency arriving at the scene. By the time a command post was established on the property, the main home and addition were fully involved with fire.

Even though the Fletcher family was able to get out of the home without injury, all personal belongings were reportedly lost in the blaze. A nearby small structure as well as a 2003 Ford truck were damaged as well by the fire.

The American Red Cross was said to be aiding Fletcher following the fire. Individuals wishing to help the Red Cross, which assists people affected by disasters, can make financial donations by dropping off gifts at the Southern Alleghenies Red Cross Office, 4100 5th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting redcross.org or www.redcross-scpa.org.

A Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal was slated to investigate the fire. Additional information related to that investigation was not available at press time.

Other fire companies from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia dispatched to aid in firefighting efforts were Needmore, Hancock, Berkeley Springs, Flintstone and Great Cacapon. Air25 from Hagerstown as well as Rehab Unit 255 also provided assistance.

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