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Fire destroys Washington Township home

| Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Firemen cut a ventilation hole in the roof of a Washington Township home at 1996 Route 380 after an afternoon fire destroyed the house on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Residents Dawn Lane and Scott Rairigh and their two daughters were not home when the fire started.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Firemen cut a ventilation hole in the roof of a Washington Township home at 1996 Route 380 after an afternoon fire destroyed the house on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Residents Dawn Lane and Scott Rairigh and their two daughters were not home when the fire started.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Dawn Lane, left, is comforted in front of her home at 1996 Route 380 in Washington Township on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. An afternoon fire destroyed the house, where Lane and Scott Rairigh lived with their two daughters. No one was home when the fire began.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Firemen emerge from a burned home at 1996 Route 380 in Washington Township on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Residents Dawn Lane and Scott Rairigh were not home when the house caught fire.
Bill Shirley | For The Valley News Dispatch
Dawn Lane, left, and Scott Rairigh, stand with their dog near the rear of their home at 1996 Route 380 in Washington Township on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. An afternoon fire destroyed the building; no one was home at the time.

Glenn Rairigh fears the Washington Township house that has been in his wife's family for 77 years was destroyed by flames on Monday.

“Someone came up and started pounding on our door, yelling the other house was on fire,” said Rairigh. “I think it's a total loss.”

Rairigh, who lives next door, owns the house at 1996 Route 380 where fire was reported just after 3 p.m. Monday.

No one was home when the blaze started. Rairigh said his son, Scott Rairigh, lives there with his wife, Dawn, and two young girls.

Washington Township fire Chief Dan Black said it appears an extension cord connected to an air-conditioning unit sparked the fire in the home's living room.

Black said some motorcyclists driving by noticed the flames and stopped to make sure no one was inside.

No one was injured, but a puppy died in the fire.

Black said crews had little difficulty extinguishing the flames, but the damage is extensive.

“When we got there it was fully engulfed,” Black said. “They lost pretty much everything.”

Glenn Rairigh said the 3-bedroom house was insured.

Rairigh said his wife, Nancy, grew up in the 1 12-story house built in 1936 by his father-in-law, Carl Ferguson. The Fergusons owned surrounding farmland on the border of Bell Township that would become part of the Beaver Run Reservoir property.

Glenn and Nancy Rairigh built their own home behind the Ferguson house.

“We had a beautiful view of the lake, but now I'm looking at a burned-out house,” he said.

Following the death of his wife in December, Rairigh said the fire caps a difficult year for his family.

Liz Hayes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4680 or lhayes@tribweb.com.

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