BURNSIDE — A state police fire marshal has been called to investigate a Monday morning fire that destroyed a two-story house in Burnside Borough, Clearfield County, and left at least one person injured.
After being dispatched by Indiana County authorities at 9:16 a.m., Cherry Tree Volunteer Fire Company Station 520 said one of its units was the first on the scene and found a fully-involved two-story residential house at 105 Pine St.
In a Facebook message, Cherry Tree’s volunteers reported one female patient there with smoke inhalation. Citizens’ Ambulance Service also had been dispatched initially, along with Glen Campbell Volunteer Fire Company.
As video from the scene showed, the fire threatened the adjacent Burnside United Methodist Church. The Cherry Tree company said firefighters were able to save the church with minimal damage.
Over the next hour, more units were called out from a four-county area.
At 9:19, Rossiter and Commodore volunteers were dispatched by Indiana County Emergency Management Agency, while in Cambria County Hope and Spangler volunteer companies from Northern Cambria were dispatched.
Mahaffey Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched by Clearfield County authorities, who also sent Curwensville volunteers to standby in Mahaffey.
At 9:40, Perry Township volunteers were called by Indiana County to standby in Rossiter.
At 10:04, Clymer volunteers first were called to standby in Glen Campbell, then sent a minute later to Burnside.
At 10:15, Pine Township firefighters were sent to standby in Clymer.
According to other reports, firefighters from Westover, Patton, Coalport and Big Run also responded.
While the fire was two blocks over from U.S. Route 219, PennDOT was compelled to shut down that highway between Second Avenue and Byers Road in Burnside for several hours Monday.