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February 26, 2014

Mom, daughter left homeless by Danville fire

— DANVILLE — A Danville woman and her daughter are homeless following an early Wednesday morning fire at 311 DL&W Ave., across from the Church Street Giant supermarket.

Julie Albertson and her daughter, Kari, were home when the fire erupted about midnight. They were safely evacuated, said John Moyer, deputy chief of the Danville Fire Department.

Firefighters used an ax to chop down a fence surrounding the house to run a hose to battle the flames. The Danville Fire Department, East End Fire Department, Danville fire police and a Danville ambulance responded.

Fire marshal Kirk Renn visited the scene Wednesday. The cause has not been determined, he said. “There’s a lot of follow-up that needs to be done,” Renn said, mainly in the form of interviewing neighbors.

Albertson and her daughter are receiving help from the American Red Cross, their church, Bloomsburg Christian, and from Albertson’s co-workers at Geisinger Medical Center.

“They are fine, they have housing at least for the next three nights,” said Eamon Shoff, of the church. “We’re going to get her back on her feet.” People may donate to the fire victims by calling the church at (570) 784-3740.

Albertson rented the house, Shoff said. The family car, damaged in the blaze, was insured, he said.

Albertson and her daughter are asking neighbors to keep an eye out for their black toy poodle, Ruby, who they could not find following the fire.

Albertson was awakened by a smoke alarm, allowing her and her daughter to get out of the house unharmed, Shoff said.

Vikki Bagdoyan, of 358 Church St., and her two sons, Chris, 13, and Alex, 12, were awakened by firefighters. Bagdoyan, who lives near the burning house, said she and several neighbors on Church Street and Lower Mulberry Street were told to evacuate their homes while firefighters worked. The Bagdoyans and their golden retriever, Casey, sat on the corner of Church Street during the fire fight.

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