2014-03-27 / Front Page

Fire Destroys Mehoopany Township Residence

David Keeler and Cain Chamberlin

Photo by David Keeler
The John Brown residence in Mehoopany Township suffered heavy damage in Thursday afternoon's fire. Photo by David Keeler The John Brown residence in Mehoopany Township suffered heavy damage in Thursday afternoon's fire.

A mobile home just off Scottsville Road in Mehoopany Township was destroyed Thursday, March 27, in a fire that broke out around 12:30 p.m.

The fire was at the residence of John Brown, who said no one else lived in the home with him. He said he arrived home and saw smoke rising from the rear of the mobile home and immediately dialed 911. Brown said a fire engine from Laceyville arrived on the scene first, but the flames had grown rapidly by that time.

According to Brown, the fire began due to a furnace malfunction. A state police fire marshal who examined the fire scene on Friday, confirmed Brown’s assessment of what started the fire.

Mehoopany’s FWM Fire Chief Lyman Walters said the trailer was gutted by the blaze and nothing was salvaged. Walters said a fire marshal was called to the scene to help determine the cause. The kitchen and living room area of the trailer suffered especially heavy damage, Walters said.

Laceyville Fire Chief Brad Fassett, who was first on the scene, said part of the home was fully involved when he arrived. “The windows were blowing out,” he said.

Walters said there were no firefighters injured battling the blaze.

Fire companies responding to the scene in addition to FWM included Tunkhannock, Meshoppen, Laceyville, Wilmot Township and Wyalusing.

Walters said firefighters remained on the scene until about 3 p.m.

 

 

 

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