Fire Causes Heavy Damage to Brookville Residence

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Fire ripped through a Brookville home around noon on Friday, causing major damage, but ultimately, not harming anyone.

The fire broke out just before lunchtime at the Taylor Avenue residence owned by James Neff.

A neighbor saw flames and called 911, giving members of the Brookville and Pine Creek Volunteer Fire Departments and several other companies a chance to knockdown the blaze before it totally destroyed the structure and spread to an adjacent garage.

Skyler Boozer, one of the nine residents of the home, was walking home from nearby Comet Market for his lunch break when he ran into the neighbor who told him the house was on fire.

Neff, who has lived there for about 20 years, said he was thankful that no one was home at the time and no one was hurt. The family’s three dogs were in the fenced-in yard at the time, and Boozer said he handed them to a friend, Barb Atkinson, for safekeeping.

A representative from the Brookville Red Cross was on the scene, working to make housing and other arrangements for the family.

The Brookville VFD said the state police fire marshal was called to investigate the fire.

Neff said firefighters told him it appeared the fire may have started in the kitchen.

Most of the damage was contained to the interior of the house. Smoke damage was heavy.

The home was insured.

Also responding were DuBois Station 73’s Rapid Intervention Team, Reynoldsville, Corsica, Sykesville, and Warsaw.

Jefferson County EMS and the Brookville Police Department also responded.

Two Clearfield County departments, stations 75 and 36 were on standby.

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