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Fire causes major damage to Latrobe home

| Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, 12:27 a.m.

Two Latrobe residents were displaced and their cat and two dogs perished when an electrical fire broke out Thursday at their Anderson Street home.

The accidental fire started in a front bedroom when no one was home, Latrobe fire Chief John Brasile said.

“One of the pets appeared to have gotten loose and knocked an oscillating fan over onto a mattress,” he said. “It overheated, and that's what caught the mattress.”

A fire was reported just before 11 p.m., Brasile said. Firefighters from Latrobe, Lloydsville, Youngstown and Whitney-Hostetter responded.

The fire had been burning for some time before Amanda Huffman got home from work late that evening and discovered smoke coming from the single-story, wood frame house, Brasile said.

“We arrived and found some smoke coming out of the eaves, and I could see some flames in the front window,” he said.

Brasile estimated the damage at $50,000 or more.

The most significant damage was in the bedroom, where floor joists burned through to the basement, and in a bathroom, he said. Other areas were damaged by heat and smoke.

No firefighters were injured. The pets died from smoke inhalation, Brasile said.

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