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Crews battle two-alarm Crawfordtown Road fire in middle of thunderstorm

April 10, 2013

Elk Run and McCalmont Township firefighters are pictured fighting a fire that occurred at 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday at 44 Crawfordtown Rd. in Crawfordtown, Young Township.

CRAWFORDTOWN — A quickly spreading structure fire caused heavy damage to a house located at 44 Crawfordtown Rd. in Crawford-town, Young Township, on Wednesday evening.

Elk Run, Central and Lindsey were called to the blaze at 8:40 p.m., with McCalmont Township Fire Company first on scene and reporting that the structure was fully involved with the orange flames showing bright in the night sky. Firefighters were able to knock the blaze down within a few minutes.

Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Bryan Smith called for a second alarm, which brought tankers and manpower from outlying fire companies. Big Run Volunteer Fire Company was on standby at Central Fire Department.

According to on-scene and scanner reports, no one was inside at the time that the fire broke out.

Firefighters had to battle the blaze during a heavy thunderstorm.

The house appeared to have sustained heavy damage from the fire.

The cause is under investigation, and no further details were available at Spirit press time.

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