Trailer de­stroyed by fire

Man not home; be­lieved to be ac­ci­den­tal

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY FRANK ANDRUSCAVAGE Staff Writer Con­tact the writer: fan­dr­us­cav­age@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570-628-6013

SAINT CLAIR — A man whose nephew died in a vi­o­lent crash in Wayne Town­ship on Thurs­day lost the trailer he called home to fire just over 24 hours later.

Saint Clair fire­fight­ers were called to the area of Wade Road and Chest­nut Street about 6:35 a.m. and found the 24-foot trailer en­gulfed in flames.

Jack Long, who lives in the trailer, said the ve­hi­cle is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to a prop­erty at 1204 Wade Road.

Long, whose nephew William Long, 26, of Pottsville, died about 6 a.m. Thurs­day along Route 443 near Friedens­burg, said he left the trailer early Fri­day morn­ing, about 5:30 a.m., to go to work.

Long said there wasn’t elec­tric­ity in the trailer, so he used gen­er­a­tors for elec­tric­ity but they were turned off.

“This was my home. It was peace­ful here,” Long said.

The man said he on his way to work as a groundskeeper at nearby Moun­tain Val­ley Golf Course when the fire broke out.

“I wanted to go in early and get an ad­vance so I could buy a suit for my nephew’s fu­neral,” Long said.

Long said the only rea­son he could think a fire would start is a can­dle that he burns in­side the trailer when he is home.

Although he was sure he ex­tin­guished the can­dle be­fore leav­ing, Long said maybe it caught some­thing in­side on fire.

Saint Clair Fire Chief Frank Uhrin said fire­fight­ers were on scene shortly af­ter be­ing dis­patched and ex­tin­guished the fire in about 20 min­utes.

Af­ter speak­ing with Long and in­ves­ti­gat­ing the scene, Uhrin said he de­ter­mined the fire to be ac­ci­den­tal.

He said no in­juries were re­ported.

FrAnk AndruSCAvAGE / StAff WrItEr

The charred skele­ton is all that re­mains of a trailer that burned Fri­day in New Cas­tle Town­ship.

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