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Couple homeless after fire destroys house

By Staff | Dec 3, 2013

MUNCY – A man and woman are homeless after flames destroyed a house on North Main Street last Monday afternoon.

The fire sparked around 2 p.m. at 216 N. Main St., according to Muncy Area Fire Department Chief Scott Delany. Flames became heavier after firefighters arrived on the scene. Flames from the back porch extended into the house and destroyed most of it.

“It’ll have to be torn down,” Delany added.

The fire spread to the house about 15 feet next door at 214 N. Main St., but that was quickly knocked down and contained to mostly cosmetic damage, allowing the occupants to remain in the structure, Delany said.

Delany said he was not sure whether the couple who lost the property was at home at the time of the blaze, nor was he sure of the cause of the fire.

Cpl. Nicholas A. Loffredo, a state police fire marshal, was called in to investigate.

The American Red Cross assisted the two occupants and a dog that escaped from the structure with the help of the borough police, Delany said.

Main Street was closed between Route 405 and East Lime Bluff Road and a local detour remained in effect until Monday night.