HENDERSON TOWNSHIP â€” The cause of an early-morning fire that destroyed a home at 165 Pine Dr., Henderson Township, is undetermined, according to the Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal.
The fire began at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday in the garage at the home owned by Robert Dominick, said Charles Gross, fire marshal.
The alarm was turned in by a neighbor, and both occupants were able to evacuate the home, which was heavily damaged by the blaze.
Gross said the fire began in the garage, which was completely destroyed in the blaze, thus hindering the investigation.
â€śI had the K-9 accelerant dog brought out just to be sure there wasnâ€™t an accelerant used, but it came up with nothing,â€ť he said. â€śThe cause of the fire is not believed to be suspicious and is undetermined at this time.â€ť
Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company Chief Stan Derise said the home was fully involved when firefighters arrived on the scene, and the flames could be seen from Route 119 as firefighters arrived.
Derise said the fire was fought with a tanker shuttle from fire hydrants in Big Run.
Both occupants of the home, Dominick and his girlfriend, Dawn, were asleep at the time the fire broke out and were flown via STAT MedEvac to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh for treatment of minor burns and smoke inhalation.
The Red Cross assisted firefighters and the family at the scene.
Big Run firefighters were assisted by departments from Sykesville, Elk Run, McCalmont Township, Brady Township, West Sandy and Mahaffey. The Falls Creek Volunteer Fire Company also set up a rehab area.
Friends told WTAJ News that Dominick had lived in the home for more than 20 years, and he and his girlfriend had been renovating the home with stone and custom woodwork inside.