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Fire leaves seven homeless

Police are investigating the cause of a fire that raged through two Emporium residences early Sunday morning, leaving seven people homeless. Heat from the blaze was so intense that siding on an abandoned house on the opposite side of East Allegany Avenue buckled. There were no injuries.Police are investigating the cause of a fire that raged through two Emporium residences early Sunday morning, leaving seven people homeless. Heat from the blaze was so intense that siding on an abandoned house on the opposite side of East Allegany Avenue buckled. There were no injuries.
Seven Emporium residents are homeless fol- through a single-family dwelling and an apartment building on the east end of the borough last weekend. Two other structures, including a vacant home on the opposite side of the street, suffered moderate damage. At least one vehicle was also severely damaged.

Investigators started in one of four apartments at 541 East Allegany Avenue and quickly spread to an adjacent home.

Emporium Volunteer Fire Department personnel responded to the initial alarm at 12:53 am Sunday. They were joined by emergency responders from St. Marys, Austin, Port Allegany and Ridgway.

By the time arrived, both structures were “From the time of the initial call to the time it took me to arrive on scene, which was just minutes, both prop­erties were totally engulfed,” said EVFD chief Adam Johnson.

It took firefighters more than four hours to bring the inferno under control.

The structures were declared total losses by Pa. State Police fire marshal John Whitcomb, who is investigating the cause.

All residents escaped unharmed. One occupant, Jo­sephine Sarick, was rescued by two passersby who broke down the front door of the single-family residence and led her to safety. Authori­ties are seeking information on the identity of the two individuals in hopes of inter­viewing them.

Cameron-Elk Red Cross and Cameron County Chris­tian Center are providing assistance. Food, clothing, household items and gift certificates can be dropped at the back door of the Chris­tian Center. An account for donations has been set up at Northwest Bank.

For more information, contact Maryann Hockey at 585-698-6645.

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