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November 19, 2012

Fire guts Richland home

JOHNSTOWN — Flames ripped through a Richland Township home early Sunday, responders said.

Richland Battalion Chief Bob Heffelfinger said the Second Street home’s neighbors saw the home was burning and knocked on windows to alert the occupants.

No injuries were reported but the fire caused “major” damage to the home, he said.

“The house was well involved upon our arrival,” Heffelfinger said, adding that Scalp Level, Windber and Jerome departments were called for assistance.

The home is insured, he added.

Cambria County 911 officials said the fire was reported at 6:33 a.m. on the 400 block of Second Street.

The cause of the blaze was undetermined Sunday but a state police fire marshal has been called to investigate, Heffelfinger added.

Brush fires

Brush fires were also an issue in northern Somerset County

– most notably, one in Paint Township that kept crews busy through Sunday evening.

Somerset County 911 officials said a fire that was scattered across a 20-acre area initially was reported at 4 p.m. near Hagevo Road, south of Windber.

Crews from Windber, Scalp Level, Richland, Jennerstown and Central City all responded before the fire was extinguished around 8:30 p.m., a Somerset 911 supervisor said.

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