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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • House damaged in fire; cat saved

  • PAUPACK TWP. - A house in Paupack Township was badly damaged in a fire after the owner had left for work, Tuesday morning. A Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department member who was first inside the structure was able to rescue the owner's pet cat.
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  • PAUPACK TWP. - A house in Paupack Township was badly damaged in a fire after the owner had left for work, Tuesday morning. A Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department member who was first inside the structure was able to rescue the owner's pet cat.
        Chief Bob Boogertman said that the call came in around 5:30 a.m. after neighbors spotted the fire and called 9-1-1. The house, at 42 West Road in Hawleywood development, was heavily involved by the time the fire company arrived. The Chief said they were able to knock down the fire fairly rapidly, limiting fire damage. The house, however, received heavy smoke and water damage.
        Deputy Chief David Fillebrown entered the house first, and heard a cat meowing. He was able to get a hold of the cat and take it to safety. Boogertman said that the cat did not require treatment for smoke inhalation, and was kept secure for the owner.
        The owner, a man whose name was readily available, was contacted and arrived on scene during the fire attack.
        The PA State Police Fire Marshal investigated the scene but left the cause listed as "undetermined." Boogertman stated that the fire appears to have started in the central area of the house and possibly was linked to an electric heater.
        Water was shuttled in tankers from a nearby pond.
        He described the home as similar to a cabin, with a ladder to the attic. Fire began to breach the access to the attic but did not reach the rafters. A couple windows were blown out due to the fire.
        Lakeville Fire Department had assistance from Hawley, White Mills and Forest fire departments, and Wayne Ambulance. Boogertman said there were no injuries. They were on scene till about 9:30 a.m.
       He said that the owner has relatives next door. The Wayne Pike Chapter of the American Red Cross, along with the Lackawanna Chapter, provided a family of four adults with food, clothing and shoes as a result of this fire.  The Red Cross will follow-up with the family for additional services, as needed.  

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