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Firefighters battle blaze in McElhattan; garage destroyed, nearby home damaged

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS An early afternoon fire Thursday destroyed a garage and damaged a nearby home along South Cox Lane in Wayne Township.

McELHATTAN — An early afternoon blaze tore through a garage and caught a nearby home on fire before firefighters from several area fire companies were able to contain it. The garage was a complete loss; damage to the home was severe.

The garage and home, located along South Cox Lane, are owned by Ike and Mary Cox. Their grandaughter, Ashtin Cox, 21, lives in a nearby home.

“My pap had been working on a car for like a week now. It was just my pap home at his house and me at my house. I started hearing explosions,” Ashtin Cox said. “I ran outside to see what it was and I saw the flames and I immediately called 911.”

Fire companies responded to the scene included Castanea, Hand-in-Hand Lock Haven, Citizen’s Hose Company Jersey Shore, Avis, Wayne Township, Dunnstown, Goodwill Hose of Flemington and Beech Creek/Blanchard. Jersey Shore EMS and Lock Haven EMS also responded to the scene.

As temperatures soared toward 90, firefighters focused on saving the home and stopping a nearby wooded area from going up. The dry brush was a definite concern as firefighters repeatedly doused the wooded area with water.

Because the garage and home are tucked away off the main road, firefighters were challenged to get water to the scene. They hooked up a fire hydrant approximately a mile down the road.

No one was injured in the fire.

According to the Clinton County Communications Center, the original call came in at 11:29 a.m. It was cleared at 1:33 p.m. Dunnstown and Wayne Township Fire Departments responded to a flare up at 2:24 p.m.

As the fire raged, a small group of neighbors gathered and handed out water to aid those fighting the fire.

A state police fire marshal has been called to investigate the cause of the fire.

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