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November 11, 2013

Three homeless following house fire this morning in Montour County

WASHINGTONVILLE — A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a home, leaving a grandmother, a mother and a son homeless early this morning.

The blaze was discovered by a neighbor across the road at about 5:20 a.m. No one was home at the time. 

When firefighters arrived, the one-story modular home was engulfed and the roof had caved in at 26 DeGreen Road and off West Diehl Road in Derry Township. 
Residents Louise Travelpiece, 65, and her daughter Angela Gross, 47, were at work at the time. Gross’s son Matthew, 14, and a student at Danville Middle School, was at an aunt’s house in Danville at the time.
“The fire company called me,” Travelpiece said after Washingtonville Fire Chief Gary Roberts found out she worked as a certified nursing assistance at Millville Health Center. A neighbor told Roberts where Travelpiece worked. Gross works as a CNA for Balanced Care in Bloomsburg. 
“I rushed here,” Travelpiece, keeping warm in a blue patterned blanket early Monday morning.
“He said all there was smoke and nothing was left of the house,” Travelpiece recalled of what Roberts told her.
Roberts said neighbor Bill Resider discovered the fire.
Travelpiece also alerted Gross and her sister Sandra Fry who with her husband John of Muncy own the home where the family has lived 16 years.
The family and firefighters weren’t able to save anything. “I’ve lived here since my granddaughter (Amanda Ikey of Danville) was born,” Travelpiece said.
While she said she didn’t know where they would be staying, she said family members have offered to give them a roof over their heads. 
“I still have my kids and my grandchildren,” said Travelpiece as they waited for assistance from the Red Cross.
Robert said a problem facing firefighters was that tankers had to back out the road since the road is a dead-end. Once they got to the intersection with West Diehl Road, the tankers were filled as needed with water from hydrants at the Montour PPL Plant.

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