Philadelphia Home "A Total Loss" After Friday Night Fire

Philadelphia Home "A Total Loss" After Friday Night Fire

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A north country family lost its home Friday night after fire burned down the house on Route 26 in Philadelphia.

Luckily, the two people that live there got out safe.The house belonged to the LaFave family.

Jefferson County Fire and Emergency Management Director Joe Plummer said the family was home at the time it happened, noticed the fire and called 911. the call came in between 9:30pm and 10pm. Plummer also said the fire started in the basement.

Plummer explained because of the home's old style of construction, flames had already engulfed the house when fire crews got there making it a total loss.

"A lot of times unless you can get it really early, when end up with this situation," Plummer said. "It's the construction of the old houses. It's an old farmhouse is what it is."

The cold temperatures hindered firefighters so more departments were called in for mutual aid and backup. Overall, 13 departments played a role in fighting the fire.

Because of the damage, the cause of the fire will remain undetermined. Plummer said the family has insurance on the home.

Philadelphia Fire Chief Christopher LaClair said two firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. One slipped on some ice while another had chest pains, both referred to as minor injuries. However, one was taken to the hospital.

LaClair also said the fire rekindled around 6am Saturday morning, causing the fire department to go back to the scene.

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