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Clearfield Co. home a total loss after morning blaze erupted

MORRISDALE, Pa.-- A Clearfield County family lost everything after a fire ripped through its home; just three weeks after neighbors said family members moved in.  Underneath a large cloud of smoke once stood a Clearfield County familys dream home. The homeowner would not speak with our 6 News crews on camera but as he began sifting through the rubble, he said he and his family just moved in three weeks ago.

According to Dave Michaels, the Grassflat Volunteer Fire Department chief, the fire began in the basement.  He said one woman was inside, and thanks to the help of a neighbor, the woman made it out alive.  

 When we got on the scene the entire basement was fully engulfed, Michaels said. The one lady who was inside, she was able to get out but was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

Dozens of firefighters were on the scene battling the blaze, trying to save the home.  But according to the chief, all of the manpower was no match for Mother Nature.

We had very hard conditions because of the wind, it had a very advanced start on us from the get-go, Michaels stated.

The homeowner watched on as charred photos, burnt luggage and singed boxes were pulled from the blaze, but nothing was able to be salvaged.  The Red Cross is expected to help the family of three more forward after this disaster.

There is no word on what caused the blaze, but the Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate.  The home next door did suffer smoke damage from the wind blowing smoke into the residence.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times