The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 22, 2012

Snyder County family of four loses home in Monday afternoon blaze

KRATZERVILLE — A family of four survived a Monday afternoon fire, but was left homeless after the flames, which began in their attached garage, also burned out the interior of their home on Hazelwood Drive. The house is believed to be a total loss.

One of the homeowners, Jerry Hazelwood, was taken to Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville, where he is being treated for smoke inhalation, said Selinsgrove Deputy Fire Chief Don Weirick.

Hazelwood’s wife, Janice, accompanied him to the hospital, Weirick said. Also living in the house were Hazelwood’s son and his fiance.

A family dog survived the fire, and the family was able to rescue their pet frog from the basement.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

It took about two hours to completely put out the blaze and all the interior “hot spots.”

The garage burned to the ground, but the house structure was still standing after the fire was put out. Weirick said that one bedroom at the far end of the house away from the garage probably suffered the least damage

Until they could find a place to stay the local Red Cross was on hand to help.

Assisting the Selinsgrove Fire Department were fire and rescue personnel from Kratzerville, Kreamer, Shamokin Dam, Sunbury, Hummels Wharf, New Berlin, Middleburg, and Mifflinburg


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