SHEAKLEYVILLE — A Perry Township family of four was rendered homeless by a house fire Thursday that probably started from a wood burner, said Sheakleyville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Tuchek.
Tuchek said he did not know that name of the family, but the American Red Cross is assisting them. It is believed that a family member smelled smoke and got the rest of the family out, he said.
The blaze was called in at 2:58 a.m. to 14 Ohle Road. The 100-year-old, two-story home was built far from the road accessible by a bridge made of railroad ties that crossed a creek. Firefighters did not believe the bridge was stable enough to take all of their trucks across, so they sent a single engine to initiate fire suppression efforts, and then ran hoses about 1,000 feet from other trucks to the house, he said.
Firefighters from Stoneboro, Fredonia, Hempfield and West Salem townships, East End in Mercer and Transfer in Mercer County and Vernon Central, Greenwood and East Fallowfield in Crawford County assisted.