Northern Cambria fire aftermath

Only rubble covered the ground along Route 219 in the heart of downtown Northern Cambria on Friday after a fire destroyed three buildings that had been left vacant when their street-level businesses closed in recent years. Demolition crews were called to level what was left of two of the structures. Fire Chief Dave Hassen Sr. said six people living in two upper-level apartments lost their homes due to the blaze. Volunteers from 10 fire departments in Cambria and Indiana counties were called out just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday to battle the flames.