Family temporarily homeless after fire

IOANNIS PASHAKIS/ Sun-Gazette On Friday afternoon, five local fire companies responded to a house fire at 78 Nippenose Road, Nippenose Township.

JERSEY SHORE — Flames climbed up the side of a Nippenose Township home as firefighters responded to a second alarm fire Friday afternoon.

Firefighters arrived at the 78 Nippenose Road home as smoke and fire left the room containing the blaze and traveled toward the roof of the building.

Before the fire could spread to the rest of the house, however, five different stations at the scene helped put them out.

“Basically the fire was contained in the one room,” Fire Chief Robert Cawfer of the Independent Hose Co. of Jersey Shore said.

According to Cawfer, while the damage was severe enough for the family of four to need to stay with relatives for some time, the house was not destroyed.

“They are going to be able to remodel,” Cawfer said. Cawfer estimated that there must have been over $100,000 in damages to the home.

At the time of publication, firefighters had not seen the home owners’ three dogs, and speculated that they may have left the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by state police.

Companies that responded to the fire included: Independent Hose Co. of Jersey Shore, Citizen’s Hose Co. of Jersey Shore, Antes Fort Fire Department, Nippenose Valley Volunteer Fire Co. and Woodward Volunteer Fire Co.