Blaze Destroys Sandy Twp. Camp; One Person Injured

fire_truck-e1348179123281SANDY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – DuBois-based State Police say a seasonal dwelling located at 85 Coal Road, Sandy Township, Clearfield was destroyed by fire around 12:34 a.m. on April 16.

The PA State Police Fire Marshal and the Sandy Township Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of a fire that destroyed a camp at the above described location.

Police say the occupants of the dwelling were asleep at the time of the fire, and there were no smoke detectors.

An occupant – 55-year-old Timothy L. Jordan, of Kittanning – was awakened when he heard a popping noise and discovered the fire.

Four of the occupants were able to escape the structure without injury.

Jordan attempted to extinguish the fire and was injured from a fall in the process. He was transported by ambulance from the scene, according to police.

Police say the fire was accidental in nature. The camp was heated by a wood stove, and a single wall flue pipe was located too closed to a wood wall member. Heat from the pipe caused the wood wall member to ignite.

The damage is estimated at $65,000.00.

The building owner – 80-year-old George P. Jordan, of Kittanning – was not present at the time of the fire, according to police.

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