A family was displaced in Centre County on Tuesday when a dwelling fire destroyed a home on Jacksonville Road in Marion Township.
An adult and four children were living the mobile home on the 3100 block of Jacksonville Road, but no one was home at the time the blaze broke out, according to Howard Fire Company Capt. Tim Flick. The family’s two dogs, as well as three cats did die in the fire. A fourth cat might have been outside.
The American Red Cross of Greater Pennsylvania was on the scene assisting the family with resources to secure food, clothing and shelter. A GoFundMe page was also set up to help the family replace what was lost.
According to Howard Fire President Mark Ott, fire crews were called to the scene at 9:41 a.m. for a “fully involved” mobile home fire.
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Once on the scene, Ott said they proceeded to load the water lines and open up a fill site near the Marion Township Building to fill the tanker.
Using water from two engines, one on each side of the home, they were able to have the fire under control within a half-hour, Flick said.
The home is believed to be a total loss, and the fire marshal is expected to arrive later to investigate the cause.
Assisting Howard were Walker Township, Bellefonte, Pleasant Gap, Alpha, Beech Creek and Milesburg fire companies, with Miles Township on standby, and Bellefonte EMS.
Jacksonville Road from before Coyote Lane was closed down for several hours, due to the volume of tankers and engines that responded.