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Pets killed, Fayette family left homeless after blaze

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 3:05 p.m.

A fire gutted a Fayette County home Wednesday, but none of the residents were injured.

The blaze that destroyed the two-story frame house at 321 Balsinger Road in German Township did, however, cause the deaths of two cats.

'All of the furniture has been burned and the ceiling pulled down,' said Lou DeFrank Jr., chief of the Footedale Volunteer Fire Department. 'We had to cut two holes in the roof for ventilation. It's not (livable). It will have to be torn down.' No damage estimate was available.

DeFrank said his department was called to the scene at 11:24 a.m. 'When we reached the crest of the hill, we could already see the black smoke,' DeFrank said. 'It probably was already burning for some time.'

DeFrank said one resident was home at the time but was not inside. 'He was working on his car, and he said he just turned around and saw smoke.'

The cause of the fire is listed as electrical in nature.

Assisting Footedale at the scene were firefighters from McClellandtown, New Salem and Edenborn. Masontown Volunteer Fire Department provided an air truck. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Fayette County fire marshal.

DeFrank said firefighters were at the scene for about three hours.

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