The residents of three of four units involved in a condominium fire in Ferguson Township will be allowed to reoccupy their homes Tuesday.
Don Leslie, president of the Greenwich Hill Condominium Association, said the inspections of the units are complete and two of the three inhabitable units will have electric and gas restored Tuesday morning. New gas lines will be placed over the next week to restore gas to the third unit.
Leslie said Austin Shandfelter, who owns the unit struck by lightning and destroyed by the fire, does not occupy it.
Alpha Fire Department Assistant Chief Shawn Kauffman said the department handed the property over to the association Monday for inspection after the Sunday night blaze.
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The department did not contact the Red Cross because the residents of the surrounding units stayed at neighboring condominiums Sunday and Monday nights.
Kauffman said the unit struck by lightning sustained “complete destruction,” and the three surrounding units had “very limited” smoke, water and fire damage. The fire damage to the surrounding units was limited to the attic. Nobody was injured in the fire.
“I just want to say thank you to the fire department,” said Bob Neff, who lives in a neighboring unit.
Kauffman said first responders arrived within five to six minutes of receiving the first reports of the blaze, which came in about 7:20 p.m, and the fire was under control within an hour. The residents of an adjoining home had already evacuated when firefighters arrived, Kauffman said.
One firefighter was taken to the hospital for overexertion.
Information about his condition was not made available Monday.
“If there is any blessing to this, it’s that no one was in there when it happened,” Leslie said. “We are just thankful for the rapid response of the police and fire department.”
The Alphas were assisted by firefighters from Boalsburg, Bellefonte and Pleasant Gap. Fire companies from Mifflin and Huntingdon counties responded to other calls in the area.