2018-05-03 / Front Page

Lime Hill Family Loses Everything in Fire

By David Keeler and Nancy Sharer

Fire destroyed the Lime Hill residence of Tony and Kim Bennett Tuesday morning. The Bennetts, their two children and the family's pet Labrador escaped safely, but were unable to save any of their belongings.  Photo by David KeelerFire destroyed the Lime Hill residence of Tony and Kim Bennett Tuesday morning. The Bennetts, their two children and the family's pet Labrador escaped safely, but were unable to save any of their belongings. Photo by David Keeler

Wyalusing Fire Chief Brandon Conner said Tuesday morning's fire at Tony and Kim Bennetts’ Lime Hill residence resulted in the house being destroyed and the Bennett family losing virtually all of their possessions. "It was a total loss,” Conner said.

Numerous area fire companies responded to the blaze at 3657 Old Stage Coach Road in Wyalusing Township,  which produced a high cloud of black smoke that was visible for miles. Fire companies were first called out around 7:30 a.m., and Conner said his crew remained on the scene until about 1:30 p.m.

Fortunately, Tony and Kim Bennett, along with their children, Callie and Camden and the family's pet Labrador, Cooper, were able to get out of the burning house safely.

Kim Bennett's father, Bob Johnson, said the fire appeared to have started in the garage in the area where a motorcycle was parked. Conner confirmed that his investigation revealed that the fire had started in the garage, but he said what actually caused the fire remains unknown.

“I was in the shower,” Camden Bennett said. “My mom yelled, ‘There’s a fire in the house!’” Camden said he got out of the shower and saw smoke coming from the garage. His mother opened the door into the garage and black smoke poured in.

“I made sure my mom and my sister were out of the house,” he said. 

Camden, 17, a senior at WVHS, said the fire was “just unreal. … Everything you had burned up.” He works part-time for his father’s quarry business and had some cash saved up. He was going to put it in the bank that day. It burned in the fire.

Along with the home and its contents, a Dodge Charger was destroyed. A fifth wheel camper was pulled out of danger. 

With daytime fires proving increasingly difficult to get an adequate number of volunteers to respond, Conner had words of praise for the company's new corps of Jr. Firefighters, who responded from the Wyalusing Valley High School and helped fill the manpower shortage.

Along with the Guthrie Ambulance, fire companies responding included Wyalusing, Wilmot, Laceyville, North Towanda, Wysox and Herrickville.

 

 

 

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