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Man left homeless after fire in Nowrytown

by The Indiana Gazette on February 26, 2014 10:54 AM

NOWRYTOWN — A Conemaugh Township man was left homeless after a fire destroyed his Nowrytown Road residence Tuesday night.

According to Saltsburg Fire Chief John Dice, the fire gutted the home of James Prenni, of 19 Nowrytown Road. It was reported at 7:28 p.m. by a passer-by who saw smoke and flames coming from the two-story house, which sits at Nowrytown and Elders Ridge roads.

Prenni was not home at the time.

[PHOTO: A fire gutted the home of James Prenni, 19 Nowrytown Road, Conemaugh Township, on Tuesday. No one was injured, but the home has been declared a total loss. (Tom Peel/Gazette photo)]

In addition to Saltsburg, firefighters from Tunnelton, Iselin, Coal Run, Bell Township and Slickville responded.

When firefighters arrived, they found that the flames had already burned through a wall and were rolling up the side of the home and into the roof. They remained at the scene for roughly four hours, but were summoned back when the fire rekindled around 3:45 a.m. this morning.

No one was injured while battling the blaze. But the cold temperatures froze water draining from the scene, and PennDOT was called to de-ice the roads.

The home has been declared a total loss. A damage estimate had not been determined as of press time.

Dice said the fire is being considered an accident and appears to have started in a first-floor wood burner.

The Indiana County chapter of the American Red Cross is providing emergency assistance.

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