Firefighters from six area volunteer fire companies responded to a fully engulfed structure fire that broke out shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.
The fire occurred at 17712 Hemlock Ridge Road in Todd Township. The structure, believed to be a seasonal residence, was nearly burned to the ground when Trough Creek Valley volunteers arrived on scene.
Trough Creek volunteers were assisted at the scene by mutual aid companies including those from the Robertsdale, Wood & Broad Top (RW&BT), Three Springs, Marklesburg, Huntingdon Regional Fire and Rescue (HRFR) and Mill Creek volunteer fire companies. A number of other companies were on standby status for the aforementioned or were canceled en route.
The area where the blaze occurred was a driveway just off Hemlock Ridge Road. It was surrounded by large trees and pines and was somewhat isolated and smoke coming from the blaze that could be seen for some distance was the cause for investigation by area residents who called it in.
Trough Creek Valley fire chief Chris Bair was attempting to ascertain who the owner of the property was following the fire. Attempts to gain additional additional information before press time were unsuccessful.
The blaze rekindled on two separate occasions over the weekend. The initial call ended two hours later on Saturday.
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