Fire rips through home

Island Road blaze follows

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS A firefighter and an unidentified man get a closer look at the home as flames shoot from the front windows.

From staff reports

DUNNSTOWN — A family home along Shirk Addition Lane was destroyed by a fast-moving fire yesterday afternoon.

The home owner said he had been soldering copper pipe together in the basement when the blaze accidentally started from the soldering equipment , reported Dunnstown Fire Co. Chief Justin Baker.

Owners of the home and their neighbors stood by watching somberly as firefighters attempted to combat the flames ravaging the structure.

Multiple fire companies were called to the blaze, which was reported about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Many of the same companies responded to another fire, on Island Road, about four hours later.

The Shirk Addition Lane blaze required a large response, in part, because there were no hydrants near the burning house and water had to be provided. The closest hydrant was nearly a half-mile away, at Coudersport Pike and Mill Hill Road, where fire trucks were seen taking turns filling up their tanks to take to the site.

The system of bringing water to the site did work well, Chief Baker said.

All roads around the area were closed except for Mill Hill Road, in an effort to keep traffic to a minimum.

Firefighters from across Clinton County responded, taking turns entering the home amid thick, billowing smoke that made conditions perilous.

Flames periodically shot high into the sky as firefighters poured water into the brick ranch-style home.

The flames had done so much damage that water shot out through the roof at times as firefighters carried hoses into the building.

Around 3:30 p.m., all firefighters inside the home were ordered out because of the stubborn flames and continued thick smoke.

Fire departments responding to the blaze included Dunnstown, Lock Haven Citizen’s Hose and Hand-in-Hand Hose companies, Castanea, Mill Hall, Flemington’s Goodwill Hose, Avis, Beech Creek-Blanchard, Wayne Township, Lamar Township, Woolrich and Sugar Valley.

Chief Baker was still on scene at 8 p.m.

But around 6:15 p.m., many of the same companies responded to a structure fire at the Haight residence at 2406 Island Road in Pine Creek Township, with heavy smoke upstairs reported.

The fire started in a second-story bedroom, according to Woolrich Fire Chief Brandon Coleman. That room had moderate damage and the rest of the second floor had relatively minor damage from smoke, he said. The first floor was saved, he said, thanks to firefighters’ efforts not to use an over-abundance of water.

No one was injured, Chief Coleman said.

The Pine Creek Township Police Department was first on the scene, followed by fire companies from Woolrich, Avis, Antes Fort, Old Lycoming Township, Dunnstown, Jersey Shore’s Citizen’s and Independent Hose companies, Jersey Shore Ambulance, and Lock Haven’s Citizen’s and Hope Hose companies.

The state police fire marshal will be asked to investigate the cause, Chief Coleman said.

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