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July 17, 2011

2 Johnstown homes ravaged by flames

— A three-alarm fire destroyed two houses in Johnstown on Saturday, leaving nine people homeless.

No one was home when fire broke out at 5:20 p.m. at 308 Oak St., authorities said. The fire quickly jumped to 306 Oak St., sending two adults and three children fleeing.

“We had significant fire in the rear of the structure,” city fire Chief Anthony Kovacic said. “Upon our arrival, the fire had already traveled to the adjacent home.

Randy Collier, who lives in a home behind the burning residences, said he attempted to alert the homeowner at 308 Oak St., Jack Triplin.

“I thought he had something smoldering on the grill,” Collier said. “I ran around to the front and beat on the door. I heard the dogs barking.

“Then I started hollering to people to get Jack, but by then it was too late.”

He said his daughter, Stephanie, called 911.

By the time firefighters arrived, flames had enveloped the home and killed two dogs inside.

The blaze then spread to 306 Oak St., where Collier’s daughter, Amy, lives. Amy Collier, her boyfriend and three children got out in time.

The couple embraced as they watched their home burn.

 

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