2018-01-11 / Local & State

Fire Claims Two Needmore Homes Over Frozen Weekend

By Cassidy Pittman STAFF WRITER


Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. 55 arrive on scene Thursday night at the first fire of the weekend as the structure blazes high. Four dogs were lost in the fire. Photo taken by Macy Youngblood Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. 55 arrive on scene Thursday night at the first fire of the weekend as the structure blazes high. Four dogs were lost in the fire. Photo taken by Macy Youngblood A fire was reported at 6:19 p.m. Thursday night at a vacant house in the 300 block of Pleasant Grove Road in Needmore. According to the Fulton County County Emergency Services dispatcher, no people were injured in the blaze, but the house was destroyed. However, when the Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. returned to the scene twice Friday morning to put out hot spots that had rekindled through the night, they found the remains of four dogs. The cause of the fire has yet to be released.

The house, which had been purchased in December, collapsed and gave in to the blaze quickly, according to Needmore Fire Chief J.R. Sigel. Other volunteer fire companies that assisted were McConnellsburg, Hustontown and Hancock; Allegheny Co. 43 was there on standby.

The Needmore Volunteer Fire Co. was needed once again at 6:24 a.m. on Sunday when the residence at 1304 Sipes Mill Road, southwest of Needmore, was reported on fire to the Fulton County Emergency Services. Needmore, McConnellsburg, and Hancock volunteer fire companies arrived after the homeowner was able to get himself and his three children to safety.

Because it was negative 6 degrees, the water was freezing instantly as they attempted to put out the fire. Firefighters had to keep the water circulating because it was starting to thicken. McConnellsburg and Hancock volunteer fire companies assisted at the scene.

The cause of the fire was unidentified, and is being investigated by a Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.

Approximately 20 firefighters responded to the fire, and had cleared the scene around 9:30 a.m.

Gerri Strait of Needmore is holding a clothing drive for the family that lost their home on Sunday. The following sizes needed are: boys clothing: size 3T, 3-6 month old, 15 year old, pants 29x32 and medium shirts. Ladies clothing - 7.5 shoes, XL shirts and 14 jeans. Toys and a baby swing would be greatly appreciated. To find out where to drop items off, call 717-573-2270 or 717-294-3001.

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