Elizabeth Township house burns a 2nd time
Fire broke out on Tuesday afternoon in an Elizabeth Township house that had been repaired after another fire less than a year ago.
Multiple crews responded to the single-story home on Meade Street around 12:30 when witnesses reported seeing smoke pouring from a side window.
Elizabeth Township Fire Department Chief Chris Molinaro said the blaze mostly was contained to one bedroom.
“Central Fire Department arrived on scene first and found a good fire in the bedroom, extending into another room,” he said. “There's significant damage in the room that was on fire, moderate damage to the second bedroom and medium to minor smoke and water damage to the rest of the house.”
Molinaro said nobody was home when the fire broke out, but crews rescued a dog that was in good condition and moved it to a neighbor's yard.
Ed Hildebrand, who lives two doors down, said his daughter, Amber Stockdill, 27, owns and lives in the house with her fiancé, two children and two dogs. He said the family recently had moved back into the home after an electrical fire last November forced them out.
“The renovations were just finished a couple months ago,” said Hildebrand. “They had just moved back in right before school started in August.”
Hildebrand said his daughter, a registered nurse at ManorCare Health Services in Whitehall, and her fiancé were at work when the fire started. The children were at school and the second dog was not at the house when crews arrived.
“It looks like it started in my granddaughter's bedroom,” Hildebrand said. “It was electrical last time and it's looking like that might be what happened again.”
Molinaro could not immediately confirm a cause.
“We've been here in the past, but there's nothing suspicious at this point,” he said. “We're not going to say anything until the fire marshal investigates.”
Elizabeth Township Fire Department No. 1, Central, Greenock, Liberty, Versailles, Lincoln and Sutersville fire departments and Elizabeth Township fire and EMS assisted at the scene.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1970, or firstname.lastname@example.org.