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Clearfield Co. firefighters battle blaze for one of their own

By: Lauren Hensley

MADERA, Pa.--- Firefighters in Clearfield County dealt with frigid temperatures as they were called to the scene of an early morning blaze. When fire crews got the call of a garage fire in Madera, the Lynn Street address was a familiar one. According to officials a volunteer firefighter lives at the address with two others and his 1-year-old son and 2-month-old son. Luckily, when first responders arrived on scene everyone was safely out of the house.

"It started in the garage and was going into the house," Dwyane DeLattre, Madera volunteer fire company chief, said. "The guys had to knock it down; they put the fire out in the garage. There was a little extension into the house. Heavy smoke damage in the house and water damage, but pretty much the garage is destroyed about $100,000 in damages."

DeLattre said it was smoke detectors that alerted the family there was trouble inside of the garage. He said without this important piece of fire protection the outcome could have been very different.

"Yes, there was a working smoke detector," DeLattre continued. "I believe that is what woke him up and why he went over to the garage, he saw the glow in the garage. I thought the whole roof was on fire when we pulled on scene. If it was for that they would have probably still been there."

There is no word on what caused the blaze yet. But the fire marshal has been called in to investigate.  6 News has learned the Red Cross assisted the family with food, baby supplies and clothing, and will follow up to determine any additional disaster needs.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times