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Fire destroys vacant Forward Twp house

FORWARD TWP — A house that has been vacant for several years burned down Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to 210 Old Route 68 shortly before 2 p.m. The building was fully involved when they arrived, said Steve Bicehouse, Evans City fire chief. No one was injured.

The house did not have any utility lines hooked up to it and had a driveway too small for fire trucks. Some of the trees on the property were scorched, and firefighters worked to keep the burning from spreading.

They used tanker trucks, since there was no fire hydrant in the immediate area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by state police fire marshal, Bicehouse said.

Several neighbors said the house is owned by Bertha Burry, a woman who has lived at St. John's Specialty Care Center for more than five years.

Since she moved out, the property had become overgrown, a neighbor said.

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