Punxsy Man Injured in Henderson Twp. Garage Fire

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 3.56.04 PMHENDERSON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal investigated a structure fire that occurred yesterday at a garage located at 1233 Paradise Road, Punxsutawney, in Henderson Township, Jefferson County.

Police say around 3:30 p.m. on January 4, the homeowner – 75-year-old William Huntington – was working on a vehicle inside a garage on his property. While using a cutting torch to cut through the right rear quarter panel on the vehicle, the torch ignited the interior of the vehicle.

Huntington attempted to pull the vehicle from the interior of the garage and suffered burn injuries, according to police.

Police say quick response from the Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company and Sykesville Fire Department prevented further damage to the structure.

Upon completion of the investigation, it was determined that the fire was accidental in nature, according to police.

The estimated damage totaled $20,000.00.

The homeowner has insurance, police say.

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