Shirley Twp. fire

Crews were called to a house fire at 11520 Juniata Ave. in the village of Allenport in Shirley Township just before 9 p.m. Thursday. The home is uninabitable and four individuals were displaced as a result of the blaze.

Four Allenport residents were displaced from their home following a fire Thursday night.

Crews were called to a possible house fire at 11520 Juniata St. in Shirley Township just before 9 p.m. Thursday.

“When we arrived, flames were coming out of the first floor windows,” Mount Union fire chief Chris Shinners told The Daily News at the scene.

Attacking the blaze, Shinners said there were concerns about possible exposure to a neighboring property. He was thankful for plenty of manpower.

“It was a great effort by our mutual aid companies,” he said, thanking those who came out on the cold, damp night.

Shinners added the fire wasn’t contained to one area, therefore there is damage throughout the structure.

While the structure is uninhabitable, he said the state police fire marshal was contacted and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Shinners said the fire left four people displaced and the American Red Cross was called to assist them with immediate needs. They were home at the time and there were no injuries reported. It is unknown if the home was insured.

Assisting Mount Union volunteers at the scene were crews from Mapleton Volunteer and Huntingdon Regional Fire & Rescue fire departments, Newton-Wayne, Orbisonia-Rockhill, Mill Creek, Smithfield and Three Springs volunteer fire companies and Mount Union Ambulance.

Crews remained on scene until 4 a.m. Friday.

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