The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

May 10, 2013

Brooklyn Street couple’s home damaged by fire

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — Richard and Helen Davis watched from across the street Wednesday as flames ripped through their three-story home at 366 Brooklyn St. in Sharon.

According to Sharon Police Chief Michael Menster, patrolmen got to the house at 6:44 p.m. Wednesday and found a fully involved fire and the couple sitting on the porch.

Richard Davis said the fire started after his wife went to bed and he went to take the dog out for a walk.

As he came down the stairs to the first floor, “I heard a loud boom and flames shooting everywhere,” he said.

Davis went upstairs to get his wife and they made it out of the house as he saw smoke “flying” upwards.

Thursday morning the Davises, who spent the night at a motel courtesy of the American Red Cross, came back to see the aftermath of the fire.

“We’ve been here since ’69,” Mrs. Davis said.

She said they own the home and have insurance.

Lt. George Beckley, firefighter and investigator for Sharon Fire Department was on scene assessing the damage.

Beckley said the cause of the fire is undetermined and he has no reason to call in the fire marshall yet.

“It’s all procedure right now,” Beckley said. “We’re still investigating.”

Sharon, Farrell and Brookfield fire departments fought the smoke and flames for about two and a half hours that night, according to 911 emergency reports.

Richard Davis Jr. told his parents to stay out of the house. He was clearing out debris and searching for mementos in parts of the house deemed safe by Beckley.

“The one bedroom is gone; in the living room you can see beams hanging down,” the younger Davis  said.

Mrs. Davis worried about the two cats and three kittens that stay in her house.

“I think those two cats might be missing,” she said. “I don’t see them anywhere, and they’re usually roaming around.”



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