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Fire destroys garage in Decatur Township
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
and Bill Woolworth Correspondent
OSCEOLA MILLS - A garage owned by Ken and Carol Bainey at 53 Daisy Lane, off Morgan Run Road in Decatur Township, was partially destroyed by fire last night.
The garage was a large building and could easily hold three vehicles.
Columbia Fire Chief Jerry "Barney" Barnett said the firefighters had a quick response and a good knockdown on the fire and a portion of the building and contents were saved.
Barnett said he could see the glow in the sky as he left Osceola Mills headed for the scene and when he arrived the fire was working through the building and it was through the roof.
"We had a good response and a quick knockdown," he said. "Everything went well for us."
He said the fire started on the side of the building where a 2006 Ford F-150 four-wheel drive pickup truck was parked. That part of the three-car garage was destroyed, as well as several woodworking tools, including: a plane saw, a band saw and a sander. Numerous other tools were also destroyed in the blaze.
The other part of the building housed a boat, a riding mower with plow and other items that were salvaged.
Barnett said the owners heard a popping sound and looked out to find the fire. They said the popping was the windows blowing out.
A tanker shuttle was established and a portable tank was set up at the end of the driveway, approximately 400 feet from the fire. Water was hauled from a nearby hydrant.
Firefighters were called at about 8:37 p.m. and were on scene about three hours. Approximately 40 firefighters were on scene.
Firefighters from Columbia Fire Co. of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale, Chester Hill Hose Co., Madera, Hope and Reliance fire companies of Philipsburg and Mountain Top Fire Co. Ambulance of Sandy Ridge responded to the scene.
Glen Hope, Ramey and Mountain Top Fire Co. of Sandy Ridge were canceled while responding and Glendale Fire of Coalport was on stand by at Houtzdale Fire Station.
There is no damage estimate available at this time and Barnett does not have a cause, however, he said it is under investigation. There were no reported injuries.
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