Pennsylvania Firefighters Battle House Fire

The first alarm was sounded at 23:58 on Friday, March 21 for two Engines and an Ambulance from Mifflinburg, a Truck and an Ambulance from Mifflinburg and a non-transport ALS unit from Evangelical Community Hospital (based in the New Berlin Firehouse).

On approach, the Chief saw heavy fire and struck a second alarm at 00:01, bringing three Engines, two Rescues, a Truck and an Ambulance from the following Departments in Union and Snyder Counties: Mifflinburg, Union County West End, Union Township, Kratzerville, Middleburg and Selinsgrove.

The building at 400 Front Street was a 2 story log house, known to date at least to the early 1800's. There had been at least one addition through the years. Although the cause is as yet undetermined, the origin appears to be the first floor front room, and there was extension to upper floors before the fire was reported by a passing motorist. Due to the heavy fire, it was necessary at 00:30 to evacuate and assume a defensive posture. After approximately 10 minutes of defensive operations, the fire was darkened and it the building found to be safe to overhaul. Units were gradually released until the first due units left the scene just after 04:00.

The owners were renovating the home in anticipation of restoring the log home to its early glory before moving in. It is not yet known if the building will be repaired or razed.