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Crews battle fatal fire

by HEATHER ROTH on December 22, 2010 5:52 PM

At least one person has died and another was taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center after a fire broke out this morning in a home at 549 Grandview Ave. in White Township.

Firefighters from Indiana, Coral-Graceton, Homer City, Clymer, Cherryhill Township, Blacklick, Blairsville and the Indiana Rapid Intervention Team responded to the scene, as well as police and the coroner's office. A neighbor on Maple Street said he looked out his kitchen window and noticed smoke rising above the evergreen trees that border one side of the house. When he walked down to check, he saw the flames and called 911.

The emergency log shows the call came in at 8:02 a.m.

Officials at the scene confirmed that both occupants of the home were found on the first floor and said one was deceased. Emergency crews could be seen doing chest compressions on a woman on the porch before she was taken to the hospital; but a second call asking the coroner to respond to the emergency room came shortly afterward.

It could not be confirmed by press time this morning that the other occupant was also deceased.

Neither was named, but neighbors said an elderly couple lived at the home. Records show the home to be the residence of Lisle and Norma Jobe.

Flames came through the back of the white frame house shortly after firefighters arrived, and fire broke through a second floor window again around 8:30 a.m. while rescuers battled a blaze in the basement and in the second floor stairwell. Officials said it was not clear where the fire started.

South Sixth Street was closed in the area of the intersection with Grandview Avenue, and Grant Street was also closed behind Grandview Avenue.

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