The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 1, 2013

Union and Snyder county firefighters save dwelling

PENNS CREEK — A fire that started this afternoon on the top floor of a home at 512 Walnut Street was extinguished in less than an hour by three area fire companies, saving the structure from complete destruction.

“It could have been worse,” said occupant Chad Cook, who rented the house along with his girlfriend. “It could have burned to the ground.”

Cook, looking on as fire personnel from Penns Creek, sifted through rubble of what was once a working bathroom, said, “I was at work when this happened. My girlfriend was home, getting ready to go to work. She called me and said there might be a fire on the top floor, she had seen smoke.”

Cook said he didn’t know what might have sparked the blaze.

“There were very few, if any electrical devices up there,” he said. “No space heater, no extension cords. I’m just glad the house is still standing.” He didn’t know if the house was insured. “I just rent here,” he said.

Penns Creek Fire Company Chief Todd Sprenkel said he was working in Lewisburg when he got the first call, at 2:44 p.m. “It was pretty much under control by the time I got here.”

Firemen used a hook and ladder to search for hot spots, and by 3:38 the fire was out.

Assisting the Penns Creek Fire Company were fire and rescue personnel from the Mifflinburg Hose Company and Middleburg’s Reliance Hose Company.

Sprenkel, after talking with Cook, said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

“The state fire marshall will be called in to do the investigating,” he said.

Sprenkel could not estimate the cost of the damage.

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