Fire destroys Brush Valley home
BRUSH VALLEY TOWNSHIP — A state police fire marshal will join local fire officials today to investigate the cause of a blaze that destroyed a house late Saturday along Route 259.
Volunteers from 11 fire departments were called beginning at 11:13 p.m. when flames were discovered in a two-story wooden house, said to be a former coal mining company store, about five miles south of Brush Valley. Tank trucks hauled water to the scene and crews set up drop tanks for firefighting efforts, according to Brush Valley Fire Chief Ed Altemus.
Altemus ruled out a lightning strike and said the house had no electric service. He declined to speculate on the cause before the investigation is completed.
The house was owned by John Brimmer and was rented to Linda Cramer, the chief said.
Volunteers from the Homer City, Coral-Graceton, Cherryhill Township, Clymer, Armagh & East Wheatfield, Clyde, Seward, Bolivar, Black Lick and Blairsville fire departments assisted the Brush Valley department at the scene. Altemus said no one was in the structure when the fire began, and no one was injured during the fire.