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Updated: 12:49 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 | Posted: 11:56 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012
CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. —
A husband and wife were able to safely evacuate their burning Fayette County home early Tuesday morning.
Authorities said the fire was reported at a home on Rockridge Road in Connellsville Township about 2 a.m.
Tom Exton said his father-in-law woke up, looked out his window and saw a tree on fire.
“He woke up and the tree was on fire, which is way up on the second floor. All he could see was flames,” Exton.
The fire marshal said the couple’s garage somehow caught fire and the flames spread to the tree and up the back of the house.
Firefighters said a neighbor called 911 and alerted them of the blaze that took six fire companies to extinguish.
“The neighbor called 911. And the neighbor across the road, his grandson came down and put him in their car and took them to his place,” Exton said.
Authorities said the blaze destroyed the house’s garage and the couple’s two cars, but the house can be fixed.
“We have to credit the firemen for saving the house. They did a bang-up job. They got in here while some of the fire had gotten into the porch, and they saved the house,” Exton said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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