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Fire Destroys Home In Armstrong County

PARKS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) --- Fire destroyed a home in Armstrong County.

The flames started around midnight Sunday night in a mobile home in the 1100 block of Penn Avenue in Parks Township. The couple that lives in the home were putting away Christmas decorations when the fire started.

Within seconds, the home was consumed by flames and filled with smoke.

The trailer's double roof caused some problems for firefighters.

"It makes it really hard when you have a fire of this nature because the fire will get between both roofs. Roofs are meant to keep water out and firefighters are made to put water on fire, so it makes it awful hard to get water to it," Parks Township Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jay Stuart said.

"I just dozed off and my sister called me and told me her house was on fire. I told her to get a hold of 911 and get out," Don Grantz said.

Grantz rushed to the home as quick as he could, but he was happy to see his sister, Nancy, and her husband, Ray Polyoke, escaped.

"The main thing, they got out safely no one was hurt," Grantz said.

The couple was able to escape along with their pet cats.

The flames and fire trucks brought back bad memories for the family. This all has happened before and in one case, ended with tragic results.

"It was 1991, the house that stood there in the same spot caught on fire and burned down. Then, they put this house here in and now it went," Grantz said. "In 1994, we lost two cousins in a house fire."

The woman was taken to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights. Early Monday morning, she told KDKA-TV she had been released and will be fine.

Chief Stuart said a firefighter was also taken to a hospital for asthma related issues.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it's not believed to be suspicious in nature.

The couple lost everything in the fire, but they do have insurance.

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