It is interesting that Friday’s newspaper covered a story about a Blair County swimming coach who was only trying to make ends meet, but nothing about 22 families who live only 20 miles from the Centre County border losing their homes Thursday night to a tragic row-home fire.
At 6:36 p.m., an alarm was called in for a fully involved fire in Juniata Terrace, a historic little community of brick townhouses built in the early 1920s just outside Lewistown.
Within an hour, it was a six-alarm fire with mutual aid arriving from companies throughout Mifflin, Huntingdon, Clinton, Juniata and Centre counties.
At one point, about 10 feet from my front porch was an Alpha in full turnout gear. More than 150 firefighters were engaged in a losing battle. Two firefighters were taken away in an ambulance.
Twenty-two families lost their homes. It was as close to witnessing Dante’s inferno as I ever want to experience. Television stations from Lancaster to Johnstown, the (Harrisburg) Patriot News and the Lewistown Sentinel all thought it was newsworthy.
Twenty-two families are homeless and have lost everything. I think this is as newsworthy as a moonlighting swimming coach.
To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/7vhfls. This is a proud but poor community. Every dollar counts.
Linda Feltman, Juniata Terrace