Fire crews from five counties responded to a structure fire that broke out at a three-story family dwelling shortly after 2 a.m. today.
The blaze broke out at 22841 Piper Lane in Dublin Township at the Robert Piper residence near the former Sunny Side Restaurant just off Croghan Pike (Route 522).
Shade Gap fire chief Rick McMullen told The Daily News that heavy smoke was coming from the dwelling upon the arrival of first incoming units. McMullen reported fire was extending from the kitchen area of the structure to the second floor.
Firefighters from multiple companies that began arriving on scene initiated attacks on different levels of the structure. McMullen said the fire quickly broke through the attic and roof of the structure. He believes the cause of the blaze to be a flue fire with extensions into the wall.
Assisting Shade Gap volunteers at the scene were those from the Mount Union, Orbisonia-Rockhill, Three Springs, Mill Creek and Trough Creek Valley volunteer fire companies from Huntingdon County. Several companies from Franklin, Fulton, Juniata and Mifflin counties also provided manpower and/or apparatus.
Members of the Three Springs ambulance established a rehabilitation site at the scene. The homeowners are being cared for by neighbors.
On scene, tanker shuttles were set up and a fill site established at a fire hydrant behind the Shade Gap fire hall. McMullen said there were no water flow problems despite cold temperatures.
Fire suppression control on the roof area was handled by the Mount Union volunteer fire company’s 100-foot ladder truck. McMullen declared the fire under control at 3:47 a.m.
McMullen said most of the structure’s contents were salvaged. The structure suffered mainly interior damage due to some fire and overhaul.
Family members were permitted back inside the residence after 4 a.m to retrieve some personal items. Some on-scene companies were also released at the same time.
The call ended three hours later.