The Times-Tribune

Family loses everything in fire

Couple with 1-year-old son were out when blaze hit Clifton Twp. home

- STAFF WRITER BY JON O’CONNELL

CLIFTON TWP. — Daniel and Jessica Ann Steinruck were at the laundromat when they got the call. Their house was in flames. With frozen water pipes, the couple and their 1-year-old son had been staying at a motel nearby, Mr. Steinruck said.

They had returned to the doublewide mobile home they rent at 115 Route 435 to gather some clothes and belongings before heading to the laundromat, he said.

Then, Mrs. Steinruck’s father

called about noon. He had heard that a mobile home next to the fireworks stand — a clue that narrowed the possible neighborin­g homes to zero — was engulfed in flames.

“So we left the laundromat to come here, and this is what we come to,” he said.

The fireworks seller next door was unaffected, and crews worked quickly to extinguish the flames in less than an hour.

They lost everything, Mr. Steinruck said, as firefighte­rs moved around inside, visible through a gaping hole scorched from the middle, checking for any remaining embers.

Mr. Steinruck said irreplacea­ble doll and model car collection­s likely were destroyed in the flames. Most of their baby’s clothes burned, too.

Mrs. Steinruck said her parents already offered to buy new clothes and a playpen for their son.

“I just didn’t need this today,” she said behind sobs.

The couple has renters insurance, but Mr. Steinruck questioned whether it would cover everything lost.

Gouldsboro’s acting Fire Chief Dave Fritz said no firefighte­rs were hurt. A state police fire marshal will investigat­e what caused the fire, he said. Contact the writer: joconnell@timesshamr­ock.com @jon_oc on Twitter

“I just didn’t need this today.” Jessica Ann Steinruck Fire victim

 ?? JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER ?? Daniel and Jessica Ann Steinruck comfort each other outside their Clifton Twp. home that was destroyed by fire Sunday.
JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER Daniel and Jessica Ann Steinruck comfort each other outside their Clifton Twp. home that was destroyed by fire Sunday.

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