Connellsville Township home destroyed by fire
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-626-3538.