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Connellsville Township home destroyed by fire

Submitted - Firemen battled a blaze at 215 Demuth Road in Connellsville Township, approximately 10:26 p.m. Saturday but were unable to save the structure. The family escaped unharmed. A family pet perished, however. Saturday, April 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Submitted</em></div>Firemen battled a blaze at 215 Demuth Road in Connellsville Township, approximately 10:26 p.m. Saturday but were unable to save the structure. The family escaped unharmed. A family pet perished, however.  Saturday, April 27, 2013.
Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier - The residence at 215 Demuth Road, Connellsville Township, was destroyed by fire on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Evan R. Sanders | Daily Courier</em></div>The residence at 215 Demuth Road, Connellsville Township, was destroyed by fire on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

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Monday, April 29, 2013, 5:57 p.m.
 

A Connellsville Township family is homeless as a result of a fire that destroyed their home on Saturday night.

John and Susan Cole and their family were able to escape the fire, Connellsville Township Assistant Chief Robert Leiberger Jr. said, but the family's 4-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever died in the blaze.

At 10:26 p.m., Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist at a fire on First Street in Vanderbilt. Fire personnel said that before firefighters left the station, the company was called to the structure fire at 215 Demuth Road.

Connellsville Township firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Bullskin, New Haven, Everson and South Connellsville companies.

Leiberger said the cause of the fire is undetermined. A state police fire marshal has been called to investigate. The fire is not suspicious, Leiberger said.

Fayette EMS was on the scene. Perry Township and Dunbar fire companies were on standby. No injuries were reported at the scene.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at kpolacek@tribweb.com or 724-626-3538.

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