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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Philipsburg PA. House Fire, Home A Total Loss - 02.12.2014

PHILIPSBURG, Pa. (6WJAC) -- Firefighters from two counties responded to battle flames at a home in Centre County.

Officials said the fire was reported at about 8 a.m. at the home in the 300 block of North 9th Street in Philipsburg.

The frame of the large home remained standing, but the inside was gutted, officials at the scene said. No one was home at the time the fire started and no injuries were reported. A family dog did die in the fire.

Fire crews from Clearfield and Centre counties were called to fight the flames.

Philipsburg Fire Department Chief Jeff Harris said firefighters had a difficult time battling the blaze because of hoses and fire trucks freezing with the near zero temperatures.

A state police fire marshal was called to investigate. There was no immediate word on what may have started the fire.

PHILIPSBURG PA. (Centre Daily Times) — Fire and ice collided in Philipsburg on Wednesday when an early morning fire broke out, destroying a Ninth Street home.

No one was home at the time of the fire; however, the family dog died in the blaze.

“A passer-by discovered smoke from the rear of the structure and called it in,” said Philipsburg Fire Department Chief Jeff Skinner.

That first call came at 7:01 a.m. Within half an hour, the residence at 338 N. Ninth St. was a fully involved blaze.

The frigid early morning temperatures played a part in the battle. An AccuWeather meteorologist puts the number at 12 degrees below zero, but local thermometers near the scene registered as low as minus 14.

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(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.) 

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