Fire causes panic, massive damage to Moorefield Twp. home

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Crews were dispatched to the 100 block of Thomaston Trail, near state Route 72, around noon on Thursday.

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Firefighters are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that caused significant damage to a Moorefield Twp. home.

Crews were dispatched to the 100 block of Thomaston Trail, near state Route 72, around noon on Thursday.

Moorefield Twp. Fire Chief Rick Foreman said crews responding saw heavy smoke in the sky even before arriving on scene.

“When I got on scene, the back half of the house was totally engulfed,” Foreman said.

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Betsy Krug was across the street visiting her mother when she saw the flames.

“They were huge. They were probably 15-20 feet up in the air and then it just consumed the whole house in minutes,” Krug said.

The fire caused brief panic for firefighters, as Krug and other neighbors thought the homeowners were still inside, as their vehicle was parked in the garage.

“When we first got here, there was a car in the garage so we were concerned but because of the amount of fire we weren’t able to see,” Foreman said.

Krug said she ran to the house and began banging on the door — trying to see if anyone was trapped inside — but the fire became too hot to handle.

“I just kind of had to back off,” Krug said.

Thankfully, about 20 minutes into firefighters battling the blaze, the couple who lived in the home drove up.

“I just collapsed. I just collapsed because I was so happy. I was so overcome with fear that they were in there,” Krug said.

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Nearly all of the home was destroyed in the fire, however, no injuries were reported.

“They’re all right. The house can be replaced. Their lives can’t,” Krug said.

The state fire marshal was also requested for the investigation and to determine if the house will be considered a total loss.

Foreman said the fire started in the back of the house, but the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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