Ten Area Companies Battle Reynoldsville Structure Fire

REYNOLDSVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Ten area fire departments battled a Main Street building fire in Reynoldsville late Tuesday afternoon.

The response kept the fire from spreading to a Uni-Mart convenience store next door and other nearby buildings.

The fire displaced several people, including multiple family members of building owner Emery Wykoff.

“The fire started in my grandson’s apartment, but they still aren’t sure if it was electrical or something else,” Wykoff said. “We lost a lot of Christmas gifts, too, but fortunately, no one was hurt.”

Wykoff said the brick building was uninsured because he couldn’t find a company to cover it.

In addition to his grandson, the four-apartment complex was also home to one of Wykoff’s sons, his girlfriend and two young children; his daughter and one child; and one non-family tenant.

Wykoff said everyone affected by the fire has found temporary housing.

Wykoff said once the building is cleared out of anything salvageable, he will tear it down.

“I’m going to see if Uni-Mart is interested in the property.”

Wykoff said the Red Cross in Reynoldsville was on the scene quickly to provide assistance for all the residents so they could purchase clothing and other necessities.

According to Jefferson County 911, fire departments on the scene included Reynoldsville, Sykesville, Falls Creek, McCalmont, Punxsutawney and four Clearfield County departments, including Sandy Township and DuBois companies, Volunteers, J.E. DuBois and Goodwill.

Reynoldsville Ambulance was also at the scene, as well as Pa. State Police.

The call came in at 4:45 p.m. and the scene was cleared at 9:10 p.m.

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