TROUT RUN - A teenage boy playing video games is credited with discovering a fire in his family's home on Rose Valley Road late Sunday night and alerting his mother and her boyfriend in time so that all three could safely escape.
Nate Salvatori, Pam Esias and her son, fled the burning home at 11613 Rose Valley Road about 11:50 p.m., Assistant Trout Run Fire Chief Mark Springman said.
The teenager, whose name was not available, saw flames above the family's wood-burning stove as he was playing video games on a couch in the living room, Springman said he was told.
The entire two-bedroom home in Cascade Township was engulfed in flames when volunteer firefighters arrived. Several access roads were a sheet of ice, it was reported.
Firefighters donned self-contained breathing apparatus and carried hoses into the house through a back door. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in about 45 minutes, Springman said.
Salvatori rented the home from Tom Stubler, of Trout Run, Springman said. While Stubler had fire insurance, it was unclear if Salvatori had renter's insurance, Springman said.
The structure was a total loss and damage was estimated at $50,000, Springman said. The origin of the fire was at the front of the house, but the cause remained undetermined.
In addition to Trout Run, volunteer firefighters from Ralston, Eldred, Hepburn, Old Lycoming and Plunketts Creek townships also responded.
Crews were called back to the property to put out a flare up about 5:15 a.m. Monday.