Morning fire guts family's house in Buffalo Township; no one injured
Neighbors and family helped carry what items could be retrieved from the charred remains of a house Tuesday morning in Buffalo Township as firefighters put out the last hot spots.
About 30 firefighters responded to the fire at 403 Sarver Road after the call came in at 7:15 a.m., said Chief Matt Cypher with the Buffalo Township Volunteer Fire Department.
“When we pulled on the scene the garage was fully involved,” Cypher said.
The fire spread from the garage to the attic. Cypher said the fire was under control after about half an hour on the scene.
Gabriel Pawlowski, 35, was living in the house that was built by his grandfather with his wife, Sarah Pawlowski, and two children, Izzi, 3, and Elijah, 9 months.
He woke up to his wife yelling there was a fire and they needed to get the kids out. He was able to pull the kids out through a window before the fire spread.
“As soon as we got the kids out, the entire garage was engulfed in flames,” Gabriel Pawlowski said.
Pawlowski was hoping the damage from the fire wouldn't be too bad, but realized putting the fire out also caused some damage.
“You don't think about the water,” he said.
The fire happened just a day after a celebration for the family.
“It was my birthday yesterday,” he said.
Cypher said the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical and to have started in the garage.
“I think it could have been an extension cord, but I don't know,” Gabriel Pawlowski said.
Cypher said the damage to the house is estimated at $150,000 to $180,000.
No one was injured. It is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office.
“Unfortunately it's a loss for the family, but they were able to save some stuff,” Cypher said.
Emily Balser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-7710 or firstname.lastname@example.org.