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Birdsboro-area couple displaced by home fire

A Robeson Township couple were displaced by a weekend fire that claimed two cats, officials said.

Crews were dispatched to the home in the 2700 block of Hay Creek Road shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday after a neighbor saw flames in the kitchen window and called 911, said Chief Scott Gullo of Geigertown Fire Company.

The homeowners were not home but were behind fire trucks going to the fire unaware it was their own home that was on fire, Gullo said.

Firefighters controlled the flames within 10 minutes, confining the fire to the kitchen of the ranch-style home, the fire chief said.

A firefighter was treated by medics at the scene after getting debris in his eye.

Gullo said the neighbor calling in the fire so early probably saved the house.

Still, there was heat and smoke damage throughout the main floor and water damage in the basement from fire hoses, he said. He estimated damage at $100,000.

Fire officials had the power disconnected because the electrical panel was in the area of the fire.

The family spent Sunday night in a hotel and is being assisted with emergency needs by the Red Cross.

The fire appears to be electrical in nature, Gullo said. A state police fire marshal is investigating and will try to determine the precise cause.

Source: Berkshire mont

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