House sustains extensive damage
A fire damaged on Wednesday seriously damaged a two-story home on Third Street in Mildred, Sullivan County, the Mildred fire chief said.
The homeowner, an older gentleman, was transported to a hospital for observation, Mildred Fire Chief Josh Fitzgerald said.
The homeowner was able to exit from the burning home without assistance, the fire chief said.
Firefighters from six departments responded to the blaze, which was reported at approximately 5:45 p.m., he said.
Fitzgerald said he arrived on scene approximately two minutes after the fire was reported and saw fire blowing out of most of the second-story windows.
Fitzgerald declined to identify the homeowner, saying he was concerned that to do so could violate privacy regulations, since the man was transported to a hospital.
Fitzgerald said he is not 100 percent sure what started the fire, but said he believes the fire started accidentally. The fire chief declined to discuss what might have caused the fire.
Fitzgerald said he believed the homeowner was the only person who lived in the structure.
The home had "serious, extensive" damage to both floors, Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said that, due to the fire damage, he expects the homeowner will be staying with relatives.
In addition to fighting the fire, firefighters had to protect an adjacent home, which was 10 to 12 feet away, the fire chief said.
The wind was blowing in the direction of the other home, but it was not damaged in the fire, Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald said he did not know whether the homeowner had insurance or not.
Besides the Mildred Fire Company, there were fire companies on scene from Dushore, Laporte, New Albany, Eagles Mere and Muncy Valley.
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