State Police Fire Marshal Releases Cause of Fire That Destroyed Vowinckel Home

BARNETT TWP., Pa. (EYT) – The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit has released additional details surrounding a December 16 fire that destroyed a Vowinckel residence.

State Police Tpr. David Powell says the fire broke out around 2 a.m. at the Jacks Hollow Road home of Rory and Eileen Summers.

The homeowner awoke to the smell of smoke within the home. All four occupants of the home evacuated and 911 was contacted.

Upon arrival of the first fire firefighters, the blaze was fully involved.

The PA State Police Fire Marshal Unit was requested to determine the origin and cause of this fire.

Investigators determined that the fire originated in the attic area near the chimney.

A scene examination determined that a damaged section of the home’s chimney was allowing burning materials, heat, and smoke to exit the chimney and come in contact with wooden structural members of the home.

At least 3 distinct areas were discovered that indicated prolonged overheating and smoldering.

The fire has been ruled accidental. No injuries were reported.

Damage is estimated at $200,000.

The home and its contents were insured.

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