The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 29, 2014

Seven people escape Hornerstown blaze

JOHNSTOWN — Seven people escaped fast-moving blaze that started as a kitchen grease fire and heavily damaged a McMillen Street home this afternoon, fire officials said.

The three-alarm fire was reported shortly before 4:30 in the 500 block of McMillen Street in the Hornerstown section of Johnstown. When the first crews arrived at address within minutes, the single-family home was completely involved, police Sgt. Patrick Goggin said at the scene.

A second and third alarm brought reinforcements, but the primary focus was saving neighboring homes, just a few feet away, fire Chief Anthony Kovacic said.

“It was a big fire and a really quick fire,” Kovacic said, surveying the scene from behind the burning structure.

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