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Brownsville family loses everything as flames tear through home



BROWNSVILLE, Pa. - A family of four was displaced after their Brownsville home caught fire Wednesday afternoon.

According to Fayette County 911 dispatchers, the blaze at a home on High Street was reported by a neighbor about noon Wednesday. Firefighters said the flames destroyed the home.

Authorities said Isaac and Yvonica Melvin, and their two boys weren’t home at the time of the fire.

Isaac Melvin said he was at work when he found out about the fire.

“I had a ways to go to get here because there were a lot of fire trucks and ambulances. Then I saw the top of my house engulfed in flames. It was shattering to see,” Isaac Melvin said.

Isaac Melvin told Channel 11’s Courtney Brennan that his family is very involved in their church and giving back. He said he never thought he would be the one in need.

“I’m just very thankful to the community, the neighbors, our family members, the church family and everyone for reaching out to us,” Isaac Melvin said.

Yvonica Melven said she and her husband run a tax and notary office out of the front of their home. She said the office was destroyed.

“This is what’s left of the office that so many people have walked through over the years,” Yvonica Melvin said.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

If you’d like to donate to the Melvin family, checks can be made out to “The Melvin Family Fire Fund" at any PNC Bank.  For other donations, call Jodi at 724-938-3055. Jodi is a friend of the Melvin family.