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Couple, children escape Kiski Township blaze that damages house

| Monday, March 8, 2010

The state police fire marshal will investigate the cause of a fire that damaged a house along Route 56 on Sunday.

No one was hurt.

Township Fire Chief Rich Frain said the fire started at 1:14 p.m. in the 1700 block in Kiski Township's Spring Church section, about four miles north of Apollo.

Frain said Patrick Norris and Christina Davila rented the house and lived there with two children, ages 8 and 10. Frain said Davila and the two children were home when the fire started.

"She just said she saw smoke and got everybody out of the house," Frain said. "She said she saw smoke coming down from the upstairs.We have no idea what caused it."

He said the fire apparently started in the master bedroom on the second floor which was gutted. He said the house sustained moderate damage with most of the first floor damaged by smoke and water..

"I don't know if it will be salvageable or not," he said. I guess that will be up to the insurance company to determine," Frain said. "I'd say pretty much all their furnishings and clothing are gone."

He said David Klingensmith of Spring Church owns the two-story wood-frame house. Frain said the tenants did not have renters insurance but Klingensmith had insurance.

Frain said about 40 firefighters from Kiski Township, North Apollo and Oklahoma fire departments responded, with Apollo on standby. He said they were on the scene about three hours.

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