Haneyville fire destroys large garage, vehicles

HANEYVLLE – Firefighters saved a house at 15101 Coudersport Pike, but a large separate garage nearby filled with vehicles and tools was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning.

“We saved the house. The siding and shutters on the south side melted, but we saved the home,” Haneyville Fire Chief Bill McCoy said as he and other fire volunteers cleaned equipment in the fire hall later that day.

McCoy said nobody was hurt and the cause of the fire is not known.

“It started in the corner of the garage. It’s not suspicious … maybe electrical. We may never find out,” McCoy said, calling the garage a “total loss.”

Residents inside the home saw the fire in the corner of the garage and called in the alarm at 5:23 a.m., McCoy said. The home was occupied by David Worden and his family.

There are no hydrants, so water was tanked from Caldwell Dam, about 4 miles away, the chief said, adding that the property is a half-mile south of the fire hall.

Six fire companies from Lycoming and Clinton counties responded – Haneyville, Woolrich, Avis and Dunnstown, plus tankers from both Jersey Shore companies and Antes Fort in Lycoming County, McCoy said.

“We had a good response. Everything went smoothly. We never ran out of water,” he said.

He described the garage as a two-story, wood and metal pole barn-like structure about 40- by 60-feet in size.

Contents destroyed included a 2011 Outback, a four-wheeler, boats and tools, McCoy said, adding that the property is insured. He said he could not estimate the loss.

Firefighters were on scene for about three hours.