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Fire destroys barn, Jeep

June 10, 2012

Chris Smith (left) and Wanda Thomas, firefighters from Central Fire Department, are shown dousing the ashes of a barn and a Jeep Cherokee that was parked next to it that are owned by Greg Skarbek of 3618 Airport Rd., McCalmont Township, Sunday afternoon. Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Fire Department chief, said the fire is under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

MCCALMONT TOWNSHIP — A barn and a vehicle parked next to it were destroyed in a quickly-spreading fire that was reported at 3:51 p.m. Sunday on Airport Road, McCalmont Township.

"When I arrived on scene the barn was fully involved, along with a Jeep Cherokee that was parked next to the structure at the Greg Skarbek residence at 3618 Airport Road," said Orrie Manners, McCalmont Township Fire Department chief.

Manners said at this time, he's not sure as to how the fire started.
"I'm ruling the fire to be undetermined. I've called the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal, and I'm supposed to meet with him tomorrow," Manners said Sunday night.

The fire was called in to 911 by two people riding by on motorcycles, according to the chief.

"The family was not home when the fire broke out," Manners said. "It wasn't five minutes after I arrived before the barn was on the ground," Manners said.

McCalmont Township was assisted at the scene by Jefferson County EMS; Big Run, Sykesville, Elk Run, Central, Knox Township fire departments with Reynoldsville on stand by at Sykesville; Perry Township on standby at McCalmont; and Mahaffey at Big Run.

'"I want to thank everyone who assisted at the fire scene, especially because of the extreme heat that the firefighters had to deal with," Manners said.

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