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Butler Township house damaged by fire

April 20, 2017 News Extra

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Firefighters from Butler Township Fire District, Mercer Road and South Butler on the scene of a house fire on Woodlawn Road Wednesday.

BUTLER TWP — A house on the 200-block of Woodlawn Road was damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon.

A fire in the two-story house broke out around 5:20 p.m.

Kathy Bowser, who lives nearby, said that she and another passing motorist pulled over and both called 911.

“I just saw smoke rolling off the front of the roof line,” she said.

The owner and sole resident of the house, Trevor Emerick, was not home and arrived at the scene around 6:15 p.m. when fire crews had the burning nearly extinguished. He declined to comment.

Butler Township Fire District Assistant Chief David Bestwick said firefighters used hoses to attack the fire from the inside. They accessed the first and second floors from the inside and also investigated by using extension ladders to look into the upstairs windows with thermal cameras.

Township Fire Marhsal Larry Christy said Thursday that the damage was estimated to be $150,000 to the structure and $80,000 to the contents.

The fire is not considered suspicious and officials believe it started in a first floor bedroom that was being used for storage. He was still investigating the cause.

Nearly everything inside the house was damaged or destroyed by heat, smoke or water damage, Christy said.

The electricity was disconnected from the house and the homeowner was make arrangements to stay elsewhere.

Emerick was covered by insurance and American Red Cross was also notified to offer assistance, he said.

Butler Township was assisted by the Mercer Road and South Butler fire departments. Butler EMS and Butler Township police also responded.

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