OLANTA — A structure fire in the early morning hours Monday resulted in the hospitalization of two individuals.
At approximately 3:15 a.m., emergency personnel were called to the 6000-block of Curwensville Tyrone Highway/state Route 453 in Knox Township in the village of Kellytown.
Responders found the residence of Dale and Patricia Barnett fully engulfed in flames. The home is located near the Bloody Knox Cabin historical site.
Rescue Hose and Ladder Station 8 of Curwensville was the first engine on scene. The Madera Volunteer Fire Company was the lead department.
According to Madera Fire Chief Dwayne DeLattre, both the homeowners and three grandsons escaped the fire. Dale and Patricia Barnett were transported to Penn Highlands Clearfield for smoke inhalation. Patricia Barnett was later transferred to UPMC Altoona for a possible cardiac incident.
DeLattre said he believes the fire started in a chicken coop attached to the house, based upon the burn pattern.
Several animals, including numerous chickens, dogs and a rabbit, did not make it out the burning structure. A variety of animals outside the home — a turkey, ducks, and chickens — were able to be saved, and could be seen around the burned-out home on Monday afternoon.
A State Police Fire Marshal was called to the scene and the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, DeLattre said. He noted the house is a total loss. He estimated property damage at more than $30,000 and more than twice that amount to rebuild.
Red Cross was contacted to aid the family in recovery efforts. A GoFundMe account has also been established for the family. That account can be found at www.gofundme.com/47ywjh-rebuilding-my-parents-home.
In addition to Curwensville and Madera fire companies, about 35 firefighters assisting on scene were from Lawrence Township, Hyde, Glen Richey, Glen Hope, Irvona, Ramey, Houtzdale and Glendale. Other emergency responders included Madera Ambulance and RH&L Ambulance.