Fire crews battle Morris Township blaze

A family of five is homeless after a fire destroyed their two-story home in Allport on Saturday afternoon. About 45 firefighters from 12 companies battled the blaze.

ALLPORT — Firefighters from Morris Township Vol. Fire Co. and 11 other departments were dispatched on Saturday at 2:14 p.m. to battle a structure fire in Morris Township in the village of Allport at 23 Pine St. with a report of a fire and smoke visible with two burn patients.

According to fire Chief Fred Edwards, firefighters arrived on scene and confirmed a working fire with heavy fire conditions to the rear of the structure.

The residence was a two-story wood frame home encased in brick.

The structure and contents were a total loss and it is unknown if the residence was insured.

About 45 firefighters were on scene for about four hours.

Multiple interior firefighters attempted fire suppression on the first and second floors, but after about 45 minutes Edwards contacted Clearfield County 911 and requested to alert the evacuation tone to have all interior firefighters evacuate the structure due to heavy fire conditions on the second floor and attic and because of imminent structural collapse of the roof.

After all personnel were evacuated and accounted for, the Houtzdale Fire Co.’s ladder truck was then utilized in defensive attack of fire suppression using master stream operations.

Due to the poor water supply and pressure of the hydrants in the area, eight tankers using two dump tanks had to shuttle water from two fill sites using hydrants from West Branch High School and near the intersection of Morrisdale Allport Highway and Wallaceton Road.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Morris Twp. Fire Co. and the Marienville-based State Police Fire Marshal.

There were five people in the residence when the fire broke out. They were displaced and are now living with family members.

Two persons did receive burns and were transported to a local hospital by Moshannon Valley EMS and Mountain Top Fire Co. EMS.

Assisting at the scene were emergency responders from Lawrence Township Station 5, Chester Hill Hose Co. and fire police, Wallaceton Fire Co., BJW Fire Co., Winburne Fire Co., Grassflat Fire. Co., Columbia Fire Co. of Osceola Mills, Houtzdale Fire Co., Snow Shoe Fire Co., and Philipsburg Fire Co. and fire police, and Houtzdale-Ramey EMS. Mountain Top Vol. Fire Co. was on scene as the RIT team. The Salvation Army Canteen arrived to provide assistance to firefighters.

Port Matilda Fire Co. transferred to Reliance in Philipsburg, Glendale Fire Co. transferred to Houtzdale, and Alpha Fire Co. of State College transferred to Morris Township Fire Co.