MAHAFFEY — A fire destroyed a three-story home, vehicles and farm machinery on Monday on a property located on Covered Bridge Road near Mahaffey.
Huge clouds of thick black smoke were visible for miles.
Community Volunteer Fire Department of Mahaffey Chief Bryan Sheeder said crews were dispatched at approximately 1 p.m. to the fully engulfed home of Peter McGee. Flames were already showing when the first crews arrived on scene.
Sheeder said the call was originally dispatched for possible entrapment as reported by a passerby who contacted Clearfield County’s Department of Emergency Services.
Sheeder said McGee was not home at the time and there was no one trapped by the flames.
“The caller thought the owner was home but it turned out he was not,” Sheeder explained.
Approximately 40 firefighters from companies in four counties battled the flames, fed by several large piles of lumber stacked around the home’s perimeter. Sheeder said the majority of the companies were released between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Monday. Community’s volunteers remained at the scene until after 7 p.m.
He said the cause of the blaze is undetermined at this time as well as the value of the structure, its contents and several vehicles that were parked on the property and were lost in the fire. The state police fire marshal has been contacted to conduct an investigation as to the origin and cause of the fire.
In addition to Community, Clearfield County fire companies at the scene were Grampian-Penn-Bloom, Rescue Hose and Ladder Co., Westover, Burnside, Irvona, Coalport, Hyde and Madera; Indiana County fire companies – Glen Campbell and Cherry Tree; Cambria County fire companies – Hope of Northern Cambria; and Jefferson County fire companies – Big Run, Sykesville and Elk Run and Lindsey of Punxsutawney.
Mahaffey Ambulance Service was on scene as was the Salvation Army’s Canteen.
“I would like to thank my firefighters and all those from the mutual aid companies. It was a good job by everyone involved,” Sheeder said.