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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • House fire traced to hot tub

  • A house fire in an isolated area of Palmyra Township (Pike), Monday evening, started in the hot tub, according to Tafton Fire officials. There were no human injuries, but a house cat who had inhaled smoke was rescued by firefighters.
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  •    A house fire in an isolated area of Palmyra Township (Pike), Monday evening, started in the hot tub, according to Tafton Fire officials. There were no human injuries, but a house cat who had inhaled smoke was rescued by firefighters.
        Tafton Fire Chief Keith Nuss said that it was very fortunate that the homeowners had arrived home when they did. They saw smoke coming from the residence, and called for help. Firefighters were able to stop the fire quickly. Nuss said that the house was quite far off the road, where the blaze might not have been spotted by others.
         The location was at Wilderness Road and Rossi Court, off of Route 390.
         The first dispatch was at 4:48 p.m. First Assistant Chief Michael Cozza arrived ahead of the chief and had command at the scene.
       Cozza said that there were no injuries, and they were able to rescue the owners' cat. He said he and two other Tafton firefighters located the cat in the master bedroom. The cat had taken in smoke, but was revived once outside after being given oxygen thereapy. He said he turned the feline over to the owners and recommended having it checked by a veterinarian.
        Fire was traced to the hot tub which was located in the basement. Cozza said that the fire damage was contained in the basement area. There was some smoke damage on the main floor but no water damage there. There was heavy smoke due to the burning plastic and nylon in the tub.
        The owners were going to contact their insurance company and arrange for cleaning the property from the damage, Cozza said.
        A large amount of mutual aid was requested from neighboring fire companies. There were about 22 apparatus and approximately 50 firefighters on scene.
       Other fire departments called out included Blooming Grove, Hemlock Farms, Promised Land, Forest, Hawley, Greene-Dreher, Hamlin, Lakeville, Blooming Grove, Ledgedale and White Mills. Certain companies were cancelled on the way. Cozza said Tafton was on scene about three hours.
    ••• Another fire
       There was another reported structure fire in Palmyra Township-Pike , the next morning Fire companies were called out at 6:40 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, for a reported blaze at Route 390 and Tauschman Road. Promised Land Fire Department was in charge.
       Blooming Grove, Hemlock Farms and Tafton were also dispatched, with various apparatus. Cozza said that this fire was electrical in nature and was put out once a kitchen wall was breached. There were no injuries.
    ••• Tractor trailer
         A tractor trailer went over an embankment on I-84 in Pike County, Tuesday morning.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Tafton Fire & Rescue was called out at 8:52 a.m. and was on scene almost seven hours, 1st Assistant Chife Michael Cozza said. The incident occurred on the westbound lanes near the 26 mile marker and ramp to the rest stop.
         The driver, who was not injured, Cozza said, reported that the steering linkage failed. The rig went through a guard rail and traveled 65 to 75 feet down a slope. The tractor trailer stayed upright, and did not lose any cargo. The driver was hauling 23,000 pounds of newspaper rolls.
         Cozza said that I-84 srayed open to traffic, but the west side lane was closed about 45 minutes when the tow truck pulled the rig out. The driver was picked up by a co-worker and was being taken to be checked out by medical personnel.

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