Video by: Anthony Bendele. Video info: 2nd Alarm Box Assignment
Engines: 561, 721, 572, 731, 631, Snyder County 9-2
Trucks: 542, 734
Tanker Task Force: 743, 712, 633, 176, 296, 295, 744, 776, Snyder County 7-1, Montour County 76
Rescues: 552, 735
Squads: 723, 581, 563
Chiefs: 723, Deputy 7-2, 501, 502, 504, 505
From the Daily Item:
SUNBURY — A family of three and their dog escaped safely Tuesday night after their 126-year-old house in Upper Augusta Township was gutted by a raging fire.
Larry Snyder Jr., his wife and daughter stood in a neighbor’s driveway watching more than 60 firefighters work to get the blaze under control in about 90 minutes.
He said he was “grateful to be alive.”
Snyder said he thought the fire started in the carport area in the rear of the house, and that it might have been sparked by an electrical problem.
Sunbury Fire Chief Russ Wertz arrived at 195 Keefer Road shortly after 8 p.m.
“By then the entire back of the house was fully engulfed,” he said.
Wertz agreed that the inferno may have started in the carport area.
Wind gusts of more than 25 mph sent the blaze through the two-story house in minutes, mixing bright flames with gray smoke, Wertz said.
Firefighters climbed ladders to the upper floors, knocked out windows and sprayed water in such heavy amounts that they were able to save the exterior of the house.
Wertz said a fire marshal might be summoned to determine the cause of the blaze.
Assisting the Sunbury Fire Department were fire and rescue personnel from Lower Augusta, Upper Augusta and Point townships, Northumberland and Stonington.