The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 29, 2013

Beavertown family homeless following house fire

BEAVERTOWN —  A Beavertown couple, their pet snake and 12-week old puppy are homeless after an early afternoon fire shot through three floors of their 691 Creek Road home.
Only Bindi, a baby St. Bernard was in the house when the fire began.
Living in the house were Brandon Minium, Jessica Smith and their pets.
Minium, standing in his driveway, said he thought the fire probably began with a spark from their wood stove.
Jessica grabbed her puppy, picked her up in a big hug and cried tears of joy that Bindi was OK.
“She was trapped inside briefly, but got out,” said Brad Rheam, Beavertown fire chief, standing nearby.
The first alarm came in at 1:30 p.m., Rheam said.
Flames shot out the bottom floor of the house, which has a foundation made of thick wood beams. It took about 40 minutes to get the fire under control. 
Firemen had to break through the attic wall to get the fire completely under control.
“Oh yeah, the fire was pretty intense downstairs and quickly shot up to the second floor and then the attic,” Rheam explained. “I don’t think this house will be live-able for a while. But the side of the house could be rebuilt.” 
The couple is still unsure of where they would be staying, but family and friends gathered around them and offered to help for as long as needed.
The full expense caused by the damage is still unknown.
Rheam said all the people fighting the fire were safe.
Rheam said he intended to call in a state fire marshal to confirm his belief that the fire started in the wood stove.
Assisting the Beavertown fire department at the scene were fire and rescue personnel from Middleburg, Penns Creek, New Berlin, Shamokin Dam, and Kreamer.

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