Chief: Kids use snow to help extinquish fire

A fire that broke out at a home at 2335 Northway Road Extension on Sunday afternoon quickly was extinguished, with no one hurt.

Matthew Zeigler’s six children, ages 7 to 15, were home when a fire in the area of the coal stove broke out.

One of the children called 911, and the children put out the fire before fire crews rushed to the scene shortly after 4 p.m., said Loyalsock Fire Chief Mike Minnier. The parents were at work at the time.

Crews from Trout Run and Hepburn, Eldred, Loyalsock and Woodward townships worked for about an hour to declare the area safe, as smoke had filled the house, causing extensive damage. Other damage was limited to the floor area where the fire started.

The exact cause of the fire still is under investigation, though not suspicious, Minnier said.

EMS took the mother and the six children to the Loyalsock Township Volunteer Fire Co. to stay warm while crews worked, and Matthew Zeigler stayed behind to answer questions.

The family is temporarily displaced because PPL stopped the power to the home for safety purposes, and it was unknown where they would stay, Minnier said. The Zeiglers have homeowners insurance, but the estimated damage cost was unknown.