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Centre County family loses home to fire

Fire destroys Unionville house

Fire companies from Centre, Clearfield and Clinton counties battled a dwelling fire at 443 Unionville Pike on Friday, December 1, 2017.
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Fire companies from Centre, Clearfield and Clinton counties battled a dwelling fire at 443 Unionville Pike on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Dozens of firefighters responded to a Friday evening blaze in Unionville.

The dwelling fire occurred at about 7:30 p.m. at 443 Unionville Pike.

Firefighters worked for about two hours to get the blaze under control and rotated tankers from several fire companies out of Centre, Clearfield and Clinton counties to replenish water supply, which made fighting the blaze a challenge, firefighters said.

Each tanker that supplied water emptied its tanks for about five minutes before the next one came in.

Neighbors said the family was not home at the time of the fire. Milesburg Fire Company Chief Cory Bowmaster said a dog and cat died in the fire.

The log cabin house was fully involved in the fire upon first responders arriving on scene, Bowmaster said, and is a total loss. The fire marshal had been dispatched to the scene and will determine the origin and cause of the blaze.

Unionville Pike was closed in each direction for several miles. Fire police had been redirecting traffic away from the fire.

Neighbors had gathered to watch the fire initially. Many appeared very distraught.

Firefighters used a ladder truck to put out the fire from above.

After the blaze was put out, firefighters checked for hotspots around the house.

Bellefonte EMS and Undine, Snow Shoe, Howard, Milesburg, Alpha, Beech Creek, Morris Township, Windurn, Walker, Pleasant Gap, Pine Glen, Logan and Dunnstown fire companies are among the departments that responded to the scene. Bowmaster said it was difficult keeping track of what tankers had arrived on scene due to the widespread response of firefighters across the three counties.

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