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July 9, 2014

Ellwood fire damages two houses

NEW CASTLE — One house was destroyed and another damaged in a fire Monday in Ellwood City.

Occupants of both dwellings — 530 and 532 Glen Ave. — were able to escape uninjured.

According to the Ellwood City Fire Department, three adults and six children live at 532 Glen Ave., but only one male adult was home at the time. The owner of the house at 530 Glen Ave. was able to escape with the help of a neighbor.

The house at 530 Glen Ave. was declared a total loss while the dwelling at 532 Glen Ave. suffered extensive damage, according to the department. A house at 528 Glen Ave. had minor damage to the siding, Chief Rick Myers said.

Firefighters were called around 6:20 p.m.

Myers said it appears the fire began at 532 Glen Ave. and spread to 530 Glen Ave. The houses are side by side, he said.

“We were fortunate to keep it to just two houses.”

The blaze originated in the front room of 532 Glen Ave., Myers said, adding the investigation is continuing by the state police fire marshal into the cause.

According to Myers, the owner of 530 Glen Ave. is Terri McCormick. She was in the kitchen, which is in the rear of the dwelling, when the fire broke out. Gary Boggs, who lives across the street, knocked on her front door and got her out of the house just moments before her living room burst into flames, Myers said.

The owner of the house at 532 Glen Ave. is listed as Admiral Capital Mortgage LLC, according to the Lawrence County assessment office.

Myers said the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities in Ellwood City are assisting the victims.

Firefighters from Wayne Township, Perry Township, Franklin Township, Chewton and North Sewickley volunteer fire departments assisted Ellwood’s department.

Firefighters were on the scene until 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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