Fire destroys home in Northumberland County


WATSONTOWN, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Two Northumberland County families are without a home, after a fire destroyed their duplex home early this morning.

“Just had everybody getting dressed in case they evacuated the block and we had to get out too… it was pretty scary,” said Tammi Reivsome from Watsontown.

It’s never a good time to have a house fire.

“But around the holidays, especially given all the other issues going on in the world today, it’s a very trying time for the family you know. They can’t be out with their friends or at least shouldn’t be at this point and this is a very traumatic experience for a family to go through,” said Chief Doug Funk, Warrior Run Area Fire Deptartment.

Shortly after 7 o’clock Friday morning, Warrior Run Area Fire Department was called out to the 800 block of Main Street in Watsontown for a 2 story duplex that went up in flames.

“Upon my arrival, there was heavy fire and smoke coming from the rear of the structure as well as the attic,” said Chief Funk.

“Basically I was laying up in bed and I heard a noise outside and got up, looked out the window and saw the flames shooting up across the street,” said Tammi Reivsome.

Two families lived there. A mother and father and their four kids lived on the south side and a couple lived on the north side.

Chief Doug Funk tells Eyewitness News the fire was under control in about thirty minutes but it wasn’t easy putting it out.

“The most difficult part was getting up to the main fire up in the attic. Shortly after I arrived you could see the dormers on the roof starting to collapse so we had to be very careful making entry into the attic making sure the roof didn’t cave in on us,” said Chief Funk.

When asked, “have you ever seen something like this in your area?” Tammi replied, “not since I lived here for about 20 years.”

Although officials say they are considering this house a complete loss, neighbors say they’re grateful that no one was harmed.

At this time it is unknown what started the fire. Officials say the fire marshal along with state police will be on scene on Monday morning.

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