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about 9:20 p.m. Monday, re­ported Chief Tim Poore of Singerly Vol­un­teer Fire Co. of Elk­ton, which served as the on-scene com­mand unit.

“There was heavy fire in the base­ment and on the first floor, and there was fire through the roof in the back of the house,” Poore said, re­call­ing the scene when vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

Fire­fight­ers with vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies in North East and Charlestown re­sponded along with Singerly, he said. Be­cause there was a need for more tankers, Poore added, vol­un­teer fire com­pa­nies in Per­ryville, Ris­ing Sun and Ox­ford, Pa., were then dis­patched, putting a to­tal of six tankers at the scene.

Ap­prox­i­mately 50 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers bat­tled the blaze, ac­cord­ing to Poore. An at­tached back deck col­lapsed as fire­fight­ers bat­tled the blaze, but it “did not af­fect the op­er­a­tion,” he noted.

The State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice re­ported that it took fire­fight­ers ap­prox­i­mately three hours to bring the blaze un­der con­trol.

Fire­fight­ers re­mained at the scene un­til about 2 a.m., con­duct­ing checks to pre­vent rekin­dling, Poore re­ported.

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