Massive Fire Guts Pine Creek Township Home

PINE CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – Firefighters from nine local departments responded to a Thursday morning blaze that destroyed a two-story home in Pine Creek Township, Jefferson County.

Photo Courtesy Katherine Ann Zents.

Pine Creek Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched around 10:41 a.m. for a report of a residential fire at 290 Butler Cemetery Road.

Punxsutawney-based State Police say the homeowner, Charlotte R. Allshouse, 80, was in the garage cleaning prior to the fire and then went into the house.

A short time later, she heard her dogs barking from inside the garage. When she went to investigate, she found the interior of the garage completely engulfed in flames.

The fire quickly spread to the interior of the 2-story home, gutting it. Police say the garage burned to its foundation.

The 42′ x 32′ 2-story home with an attached 2-car garage was a total loss with damages estimated at $75,000.

In addition to Pine Creek VFD, firefighters from Brookville, Warsaw Township, Reynoldsville, Sigel, Knox Township, Brockway, Corsica, and Summerville were on the scene. Punxsutawney-Central and Limestone Township were on standby.

Jefferson County EMS was also on the scene.

Red Cross arrived shortly after the fire to assist the homeowner and her grandson.

The fire is currently under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal’s Unit.

Anyone with information related to this fire should contact State Police in Punxsutawney.

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