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Small fire forces Young Funeral Home to move body

July 15, 2018 News Extra

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A body is moved from Young Funeral Home in West Sunbury after a small fire caused by an overhead electric line stopped power serve to the funeral home.

A body had to be moved from Young Funeral Home in West Sunbury after an overheated electric line caused a fire around 4 p.m. Sunday.

The fire melted a small area of siding at the funeral home and extinguished itself, according to Fire Capt. Reid Campbell. Because of the power outage caused by the incident, the body was moved from Young's to the Church of St. Louis, which has air conditioning. Funeral visitation with the family continued at the church, according to a funeral home official.

Three homes in the area also were without power and West Penn Power was on the scene.

The emergency call rerouted two West Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department trucks which were assisting at a house fire in Washington Township. Unionville Volunteer Fire Department replaced West Sunbury VFD at the North Washington fire.

One West Sunbury firefighter who came to the funeral home from the North Washington fire was checked for heat exhaustion by Butler Ambulance Service.

Route 308 was reopened after about an hour, Campbell said.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.