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Fire damages residence in Fallowfield

| Friday, June 8, 2007

A golf cart that apparently caught fire in the garage of a Fallowfield Township home is believed to be the cause of a Thursday morning fire.

Although a state police fire marshal has yet to make an official determination, Fallowfield Township Fire Chief Anthony Fleming said he and the trooper believe the golf cart caught on fire, igniting a car in the garage before spreading throughout the garage and basement of the home at 116 Beach Street.

The blaze at the Rach residence was contained to the basement of the home, Fleming said. Damage was estimated at $250,000.

The alarm went out at 7:03 a.m. with fire companies from Fallowfield, Charleroi, Lock Four and Bentleyville answering.

Roscoe firefighters were on standby at the Fallowfield fire station.

No injuries were reported and the couple that owns the home -- the lone occupants at the time the fire erupted -- escaped the blaze before calling 911.

In addition to the fire damage to the basement, the entire home sustained smoke damage, Fleming said.

Firefighters brought the fire under control within 30 minutes, but were on the scene for four hours, Fleming said.

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