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Family, animals safe in early morning Cascade Township fire

Firefighters successfully suppressed a working structure fire in Cascade Township in the early hours Wednesday.

Both homeowners of the Rose Valley Road property, their dog and six goats were unharmed by the fire. The fire only affected a garage separated from the other buildings on the property, the woman said.

“Everybody with a heartbeat is okay. That’s what we are taking away from it,” the homeowner, who is six months pregnant, said.

The owner said she woke up to her dog barking at around 4:20 a.m., and saw a glow from her backyard.

The home did not have phone service, so the owner drove to a neighbor’s house and woke them up to call 911, the owner said.

The garage was primarily used for storage, according to the owner. They had four wheelers, a lawnmower, and a workout room inside, and also used it as household storage, since they do not have a basement.

Volunteers from Trout Run Volunteer Fire Co., Ralston Volunteer Fire Department, Hepburn Township Volunteer Fire Company, Eldred Township volunteer Fire Company, Old Lycoming Township Fire Company and Plunkett’s Creek Township Fire Department responded to the call.

“Our gratitude goes out to them,” the owner said. “They were professional, moved quickly and were organized.”

The family’s goats were penned behind the insured garage, which lost parts of its wall and roof, so they will be moving them to live with family, the owner said.

Meanwhile, the neighbor who helped place the 911 call was later seen bringing food to the affected family’s house.

According to Robert Whitford, the Trout Run Fire Chief, first responders knocked down the fire by 5:20 a.m. Firefighters cleared the scene at around 7:50 a.m. this morning, according to the county’s 911 center.

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