Hose Kink May Have Caused Problems at Pa. Fire


Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that destroyed a Baldwin Borough home Thursday.

Investigators said the fire started in an attached garage around 5 p.m. at the home on Lois Drive.

Chopper 11 showed flames shooting through the roof.

A friend of homeowner, Ron Ducoer, told Channel 11 news reporter Julie Fine what happened.

"He was on his computer doing something. He opened up the door into the garage, saw flames, slammed the door, ran out the back door and tried to get as many dogs out as possible," neighbor Jim Moeller said.

Ducoer was home alone at the time.

Firefighters had a tough time getting this fire under control.

South Baldwin Fire Chief Joe Campest said crews lost water pressure and water for five to 10 minutes while they were battling the fire.

He said if that hadn't happened, they may have been able to save part of the house.

"It's very frustrating to be sitting there without water," Campest said.

Penn American Water said it was contacted about the water pressure concerns, but when a crew arrived to check on the problem, firefighters said there was a kink in the hose.

Chief Campest said he hadn't heard about the kink.

"I don't know where they got that from. I guess we are going to have to call them tomorrow and figure out what was the problem tonight," Campest said.

Neighbors plan to start a fund at PNC Bank to help the family.

No one was hurt.

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