Burnside Township Fire

A family of six is homeless and one dog was killed in this fire that ripped through a one-story home early Wednesday morning in Burnside Township near the Clearfield/Indiana county line.

BURNSIDE — A family of six lost their home and their dog in a fire Wednesday morning near the Clearfield and Indiana county line.

Community Volunteer Fire Department of Mahaffey Lt. Billy Harris said firefighters were called out at 7:20 a.m. for a structure fire at 16 Wright’s Ln. in Burnside Township. The one-story home and its contents were a total loss, he said.

“When we arrived on scene, the home was fully engulfed,” Harris reported. No cause of the fire or estimate of damage is available at this time. The state police fire marshal is investigating.

Members of the family who were at home and one dog were able to escape the flames before firefighters arrived on scene.

Harris said volunteers from 12 fire companies located in Clearfield, Indiana, Jefferson and Cambria counties battled the blaze for more than two hours. State Route 286 was closed during the fire, he said.

Citizen’s Ambulance Service was on scene. There were no reported injuries.

“Although we didn’t have a big crew, everything went smoothly. We had to call so many fire companies because we needed manpower,” Harris explained. He said although the fire company often has difficulty getting enough volunteers during the daytime during the workweek, “Even the nights are getting difficult. We really need people to volunteer,” he said.

The family is displaced and is being assisted by the Red Cross.