2019-01-10 / Front Page

New Year’s Day Fire Claims Waterfall Home

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


The fire that gutted a two-story Waterfall Road home on New Year’s Day morning smolders as firefighters from Fulton, Huntingdon and Bedford counties keep a watchful eye. All the home’s contents were destroyed, but its three occupants escaped the fire unharmed. Photo courtesy of Hustontown Area Volunteer Co. The fire that gutted a two-story Waterfall Road home on New Year’s Day morning smolders as firefighters from Fulton, Huntingdon and Bedford counties keep a watchful eye. All the home’s contents were destroyed, but its three occupants escaped the fire unharmed. Photo courtesy of Hustontown Area Volunteer Co. Three siblings were at their Waterfall home when a fire erupted early the morning of Jan. 1. All three were able to safely evacuate the home, however, the fire consumed the dwelling and all the family’s possessions inside.

According to Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co. (HAVFCO) Fire Chief Jeff Black, firefighters were dispatched to a dwelling fire at 1921 Waterfall Rd., the home of Lori Dodson and her children, at 6:24 a.m. Units arrived to find a large two-story, single-family dwelling fully engulfed in flames.

HAVFCO Engine 57 was first on the scene, followed by Huntingdon County Engine 17 and HAVFCO Engine Rescue 57. Engine 57 deployed two attack lines, and Huntingdon County Engine 17 deployed a blitz fire to knock down the heavy flames, which were driven by wind gusts up to 30 mph.

The wind, coupled with a very long driveway, presented challenges to extinguishing the fire, so a fill site was established at a nearby dry hydrant by Huntingdon County Engine 12. A tanker shuttle later supplied enough water for the duration of the incident.

All possessions belonging to the family were lost in the fire, and a Gofundme account has been set up to help the family. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/up9mk-support-for-the-dodson-family.

The fire has been deemed not suspicious, and the fire marshal is working with the insurance company to determine the cause. Fire Chief Black also warned of the importance of keeping batteries in smoke detectors up to date.

Fire companies that also assisted on the scene include Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co.; Huntingdon County companies 12, 14, and 17; and Bedford County companies 32, 35, 36, and 40.

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