Four local residents homeless after fire
STEVENS TOWNSHIP - Four Stevens Township residents are homeless after their mobile home was destroyed by a fast-moving fire on Tuesday.
The trailer located off Leisure Lake Road, was the home of Rick Hunsinger, said John Keegan, chief of the LeRaysville-Pike Volunteer Fire Company.
The other people who lived in the mobile home were Hunsinger's girlfriend, Keisha Evans, and their two children, 2-year-old Molly and 6-year-old Nicholas, said Hunsinger's aunt, Lida Shaffer of Spring Hill.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 6:51 a.m., said Keegan, who added that he arrived on scene approximately 11 minutes later and saw the fire in the kitchen and living room areas. The fire, which was fast-moving, destroyed the residence, he said.
Evans had discovered the fire soon after getting up to get her son ready for school, according to relatives.
No one was injured in the fire, Keegan said.
The fire started accidentally, said Keegan, who added that he believes the cause of the fire was a problem with electrical wiring in a wall.
Hunsinger also lost a car in the blaze, Keegan said.
The occupants of the trailer "couldn't get it (the car) started," said Betty Harris, a neighbor.
The occupants of the trailer lost basically all that they owned, said Hunsinger's father, Russell Hunsinger of Wysox.
Rick Hunsinger "even lost his glasses," his father said.
Russell Hunsinger, who owns the trailer, said he had insurance on the trailer itself, but said the insurance policy probably did not cover the contents of the mobile home.
Rick Hunsinger's belongings were not covered by insurance, Chief Keegan said.
Firefighters were able to save a garage at the site which contained tools owned by Rick and Russell Hunsinger, Keegan said.
The Red Cross is assisting the family and are putting up Rick Hunsinger and Evans temporarily in the Wyalusing Hotel, relatives said.
Their children are staying with another relative.
Besides the LeRaysville-Pike fire company, the Herrickville and Wyalusing fire companies were also on scene.
The Stevensville Presbyterian Church is establishing a fund at PS Bank that the public can donate to in order to assist Rick Hunsinger, according to Luke VandeMark, treasurer of the church. For more information about making a donation, contact VandeMark at 746-3188 or telephone a branch of the bank.
James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.