Fire destroys addition, extends to attached twin
CHELTENHAM » A fire at a twin home in the 800 block of Rock Lane caused extensive damage as well as more minor damage to the attached home, according to township Fire Marshal Joe O’Neill.
Called in at 11:31 a.m. July 26, the fire destroyed the second-floor addition to the twin and caused smoke and heat damage to the rest of the home, requiring “significant repairs,” O’Neill said Aug. 2.
No one was home when the fire broke out, and while a cat inside was quickly rescued, the family’s dog was not located until about an hour later but survived, he said.
“It was possible the fire spread around the chimney,” so firefighters had to pull ceilings, which resulted in some damage to the adjoining twin, O’Neill said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but “we don’t think it was anything intentional,” he said.
Due to the heat and humidity, firefighters from multiple companies were called to the scene in order to rotate personnel, O’Neill said. Two firefighters suffered heatand stress-related injuries and were taken to the hospital, where they were treated and released, he said.
The scene was cleared at 2:45 p.m., he said.