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A two-plus-alarm blaze consumed the rear of a residence in the 400 block of Leedom Street July 17, according to Jenkintown Fire Chief Ken Lynch.
The blaze broke out around 1:45 p.m., when neighbors saw heavy smoke coming from the rear of the property and called 911, he said.
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No one was injured, and the family — Patrick and Christine Leech and their three daughters — was not home at the time of the incident, according to the police report. The report also stated the Leech family left the residence between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m., a couple hours SULRU WR WKH sWDUW RI WKH fiUH.
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“The family lost everything,” said Jenkintown Borough Council President Allyson Dobbs during the July 22 borough council meeting. “And [they] won’t be able to move back into their home for six months.”
In support of the Leech family, Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 444 York Road, will be accepting dropoff cash donations and gift cards to help meet their daily needs, she said.
Jenkintown firefighters work to control a fire at a home in the 400 block of Leedom Street July 17.