Fire Destroys Herrickville Home
Sean and Kelly Allen and their children were not home when the fire was discovered by a neighbor, Tammy Merritt, who lives with her husband, Don, just across Leisure Lakes Road from the Allens in the village of Herrickville.
“Don tried to kick in the door to let their dog out, but he couldn’t save the dog,” Tammy Merritt said. She called 911 to report the fire. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” she said.
Sean Allen works for Ted Burgess Construction; Kelly is employed at Dotti-Lou Meats. “We called them at work to tell them that their house was burning,” Tammy Merritt said.
The Allens have four children, Kira, 5, Leah, 7, Sierra, 8, and Alexa, who will mark her third birthday next week. “All of her presents are lost,” Kelly Allen said as she watched her home being consumed by flames.
Tammy Merritt tried to console her distraught neighbor. “The people of Herrickville and Wyalusing and the school will help you,” she said. “That’s what we do.”
The fire scene is just two blocks from the Herrickville Fire Hall. Firefighter Jason Boatman, who lives in sight of the Allens’ home, was the first one on scene. He reported that flames were coming from both ends of the home when he arrived.
Herrickville Fire Chief Glenn Camp said the cause of the fire has not been determined. He said a woodstove in the home had been ruled out as the cause. He said there is nothing suspicious about how the fire may have started. The Allens had insurance coverage on the home and its contents.
Firefighters returned to the scene Tuesday evening after the fire rekindled. Camp said an excavator was used to knock down what was remaining of the home and eliminate the possibility of the fire starting again.
The two-story wood frame home dated back to the 1800’s and had been the Allens’ home for over five years. They are believed to be living with his parents, Bill and Cheryl Allen in Camptown.
The Red Cross, at the request of Bradford County EMA, assisted the family with emotional and financial support.
Along with Herrickville, firefighters from LeRaysville-Pike, Rome and Wyalusing and the HOPS ambulance responded to the scene.