REYNOLDSVILLE — A fire that broke out in McCalmont Township yesterday resulted in the total loss of the home wherein it occurred and the displacement of the three people who lived there. Complicating the response to the fire was snow that had fallen the day before.

The fire occurred on Knox Dale Road at a hillside home. Snow obstructed responding companies’ access to water, resulting in the establishment of a temporary fill station on the street.

Water shipped from Anita was stored in small pools on the road and pumped through the hoses that lead up the driveway to the home.

“The weather conditions are not real favorable right now,” said Chief Orrie Manners of the McCalmont Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Orrie said the fire was called in shortly after 1 p.m. Three people lived in the two-floor home, though none were inside at the time of the fire.

The fire destroyed half of the upper floor of the structure, exposing the inside which appeared badly charred.

Manners said the fire was caused by a faulty flue. The Pennsylvania State Police investigated and ruled the cause of the fire as accidental.

Responding crews appeared to have most of the fire under control by 3 p.m., though smoke was still visible.

The Reynoldsville Fire Department, Knox Township Fire Department, Sykesville Fire Department, Oliver Township Volunteer Fire Company, Big Run Area Volunteer Fire Company, Elk Run Fire Company and Central Fire Department responded.

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