The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 18, 2013

No injuries, but fire destroys Ranshaw homes this morning

RANSHAW — No one was injured but the home at 516-518 N. Webster St. in Ranshaw is gutted following a two-alarm fire Monday morning.

At least five regional fire companies responded to the fire, reported about 8:30 a.m. The fire is believed to have started in the basement of the three-story structure on the 516 side where a woman, said to be in her late 80s or early 90s, lived on occasion. A neighbor about four doors down saw smoke and flames coming from her home and ran down to get her out.

Firefighters battled  for 20 minutes the blaze that reached the roof, containing it to keep from spreading to homes next door with standing fire hoses as well as protecting the power lines.

A fire hydrant at the end of the block from the home appeared not to be working. Firemen set up at hydrants from two blocks away to get water to the scene.

Ranshaw, a small village in Coal Township just east of Shamokin, is a series of blocks of close-built rowhomes, some that are 80 and more years old.

The cause of the fire is yet undetermined. More details will be posted as they become available.


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