New Castle News

July 19, 2013

Fire claims life of family's puppy

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The state fire marshal was called Thursday following a blaze at 47 Upper Idlewild Drive in Union Township.

Crews from six area volunteer fire departments were called about 10:20 a.m. when neighbors saw smoke rising from the building. The house is owned by Donald and Marguerite Scarberry, according to county records. Union Township police said their son, Daniel, lives in the house.

Firefighters said no one was home at the time of the blaze, but a 7-month-old black Lab puppy had been left alone in the back of the house. The puppy did not survive. Firefighters believe the dog died of smoke inhalation.

Aiding the Union Township Volunteer Fire Department were volunteer departments from Mahoning, Taylor, Shenango and North Beaver townships and South New Castle Borough. They remained until about noon.

In addition to battling the blaze, firefighters had to contend with the heat, which was in the 90s.

Noga Ambulance and the Pennsylvania Region 4 EMS Support Unit also responded. A cooling tent was set up for the firefighters.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen, according to a police officer who was at the scene.