• 5 departments called to help battle Butler Co. house fire


    PROSPECT TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Five fire departments were called to battle flames at a Butler County home Monday morning.

    Dennis Schmidt told Channel 11’s Pamela Osborne that he and his wife noticed the flames around 7 a.m. Monday.

    “We tried to put it out, but we weren’t very successful,” Schmidt said.

    Schmidt said he thought he could handle the fire that broke out in the back of his Prospect Road home, but the flames spread too fast.

    “Flames were shooting from the roof of the porch, and fire was spreading through the roof of the porch,” Evans City Area Volunteer Fire Department Captain Brian Greenawalt said.

    Crews eventually extinguished the blaze, but Schmidt said his house suffered a lot of damage. He said the only relief is knowing he, his wife and dog made it out of the house safely.

    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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