Fire damages Philipsburg home

lfalce@centredaily.comFebruary 18, 2014 

A fire at 211 E. Maple St. in Philipsburg on Tuesday badly damaged a home, but no injuries were reported.

LORI FALCE — CDT photo

— A Philipsburg man is staying with family after his home burned Tuesday.

Timothy Price went to a friend’s house after working the night shift. At about noon, he got a call. His 211 E. Maple St. house was on fire.

Philipburg Fire Department Chief Jeff Harris said firefighters were dispatched at 12:10 p.m. About 30 volunteers from Hope and Reliance companies in Philipsburg, Chester Hill Hose Company, Columbia Fire Company in Osceola Mills, Morris Township and Houtzdale were on site.

There were no injuries. A friend of the owner was in the building at the time of the fire, but neither he nor any of the firefighters were hurt.

The fire destroyed property and caused damage to rooms, but the structure is not a total loss, said Harris. A damage estimate is not yet available. The property was insured.

The cause of the fire was not known. A state police fire marshal was on the scene.

“This is what happens sometimes,” said Price, as he watched the firefighters and police go in and out of his home. “What are you going to do? You start over.”

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