The Canton Volunteer Fire Department had to battle not only fire recently, but the weather at a blaze that destroyed a home Wednesday in nearby Ward Township, Tioga County, Pa.

The fire company, along with six other fire departments, was on the scene for nearly eight hours in windy conditions, according to Canton Deputy Chief George Jennings.

He said the fire destroyed a home at 164 Church St., Ward Township, owned by John Brown.

Jennings said the exact cause hasn't been pinned down, and the state police fire marshal will investigate this morning. He said no one was injured.

A fire department member, Melissa Jennings, also said the weather conditions were bad during the call as firefighters had to deal with snow, ice and rain at the secluded mountaintop location. The home was set far back off Church Street.

The call for the fire was received at 2:47 p.m. The fire started in the garage, according to Canton Deputy Chief George Jennings.

Other fire departments assisting were Liberty, Blossburg, Troy, South Creek Township, Monroeton, and Franklindale. Mansfield and Morris fire departments provided relief and Ralston Fire Department covered the Canton station.

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