A house on Elizabeth Street in White Mills was heavily damaged in a fire, Monday afternoon, December 4.
WHITE MILLS - A house on Elizabeth Street in White Mills was heavily damaged in a fire, Monday afternoon, December 4.
PA State Police Fire Marshal Unit for Troop R indicated that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The wood frame house that burned is the second house after the Dorflinger Factory Museum, on the same side of the street (on the right heading up from Route 6). It sits on the steepest grade of the hill.
Workers were on scene at the residence when the fire was discovered. A passing motorist called 9-1-1 at 2:29 p.m.; the house was fully involved on fire at that time.
White Mills Fire Chief Shane Farrell said that the steep grade posed a problem for firefighting. The walls of the burning house were too flimsy to put a ladder against it. Ordinarily they would be able to use a ladder truck, but the hill prevented it.
They also had to deal with windy conditions.
The house was completely involved in flame when he arrived, Farrell said. He immediately called for assistance from other departments.
Along with White Mills Fire Department, Beach Lake, Hawley, Welcome Lake, Seelyville, Honesdale, Prompton, Forest (Kimbles) and Hamlin fire departments responded.
A 5” hose line was laid from Lollipop Pond, about 500 feet away.
There were no injuries, the Chief said. White Mills was on scene until about 8 p.m. They were dispatched again at 4 a.m. when the fire rekindled.
He said that there was no danger to neighboring structures.
The owner had only recently purchased the property, the Chief said, and was in the process of having it renovated. The owner was not on scene at the tim of the fire, he said.
Electric was not hooked up to the house.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Troop R Fire Marshal Unit at 570-963-3156.
New chief this year
Chief Farrell stated that he is the second youngest fire chief in Wayne County, at age 21; only the Seelyville chief is younger (Keegan Werner). Farrell has been involved with the White Mills Fire Department since he was about 14, becoming a junior member. He was elected as chief in 2017. A Wallenpaupack graduate, Farrell was one of the charter members of the high school’s Emergency Responder Club.
Ken Batzel serves as Assistant Chief.
He said the White Mills Fire Department has been gaining in membership. They have more junior members than they have had in the past. Both the White Mills Fire Department and their ambulance service, which is also volunteer, welcomes new members. For information call 570-253-4433.