Fire damages Smithfield Twp. home
A Smithfield Township residence is unsalvageable after fire destroyed a portion of the residence Sunday afternoon, a fire official said.
Emergency responders were called to 133 Reber Rd. for a structure fire at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The fire began on the south side of the house, although investigators have yet to pinpoint the exact area of origin, said Pat Wrisley, chief of the Smithfield Township Volunteer Fire Department. The cause of the fire was also undetermined Sunday.
Wrisley said the fire entered the house's garage and spread to the front door area, heavily damaging the south side of the house. The rest of the house took smoke and water damage, he said. Firefighters worked for approximately an hour to get the blaze under control, Wrisley said.
The homeowner's teenage daughter was home at the time of the fire and escaped unharmed along with two pets, Wrisley said. The residents of the home were believed to be staying with family members Sunday night, he said.
The residents were assisted by the Red Cross and Grace Baptist Church, Wrisley said. Church members also assisted firefighters Sunday, he said.
The fire remained under investigation Sunday night, Wrisley said. Smithfield firefighters were assisted by the Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Association, Ridgebury Township Volunteer Fire Company, North Towanda
Volunteer Fire Department and the Smithfield division of Tri-Township EMS.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.