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Fire Marshal Investigating Cause Of Butler Co. Mobile Home Fire

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WORTH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) -- Fire engulfed a mobile home in Butler County early Friday morning.

Just before 6 a.m., firefighters in Butler Co. were called to a mobile home on the corner of West Park Road and New Castle Road in Worth Township, near Slippery Rock. Neighbors of the people who live nearby saw flames and called 911.

Ryan Hanchosky, chief of the Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company told KDKA's Lisa Washington, "When we got here, the fire was already through the roof. With a mobile home, the void spaces with additions added on to it, so the fire kinda ran the ceiling, made it kind of difficult for us."

Another challenge for firefighters was getting water to the scene.

"Our dry hydrant down at the creek, it failed us, so we had to call in multiple tankers from multiple different counties," said Chief Hanchosky.

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Firefighters used a ladder truck to get water inside the home and to the roof. They didn't want to miss any of the empty spaces in the mobile home.

"With multiple void spaces from the multiple additions, it made it complicated for us to work our way into the roof," said Chief Hanchosky. "What makes it nice having the tower up in the air, you can see it from the air and see inside," he added.

Firefighters shut down part of New Castle Road, or Route 108, because of the fire.

Chief Hanchosky says the homeowners didn't notice anything out of the ordinary before leaving for work.

"Normal routine," Hanchosky said, "Woke up, so they said they haven't had any problems with the house either, so state police out of Butler has been notified for the fire marshal to come out and investigate it."

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