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Police rescue hearing impaired man from burning home

By: WJAC Web Staff

Local police rescued a disabled man from an early morning house fire in Cambria County on Monday.

The fire broke out around 5 a.m. in a home on the 500 block of Swank Street in Upper Yoder Township.

Police and neighbors said the man who lives there alone, Joe Varmecky, is hearing impaired.

Police said they had to kick in a rear door of the home to reach him and, once inside, they found him in the living room.

Upper Yoder and Southmont fire departments responded.

Officials helped Varmecky get out of the house and one police officer had to write Varmecky a note telling him he wouldn't be allowed back in because of extensive damage.

The cause of the fire was not known as of noon.


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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times