Fire de­stroys ad­di­tion, ex­tends to at­tached twin

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - NEWS - By Linda Finarelli

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.

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