HARRISVILLE (KDKA) — A stubborn fire started, punctuated by propane tank explosion, and destroyed a home in northern Butler County Tuesday night.

The house was located at 209 West Mercer street in the borough of Harrisville.

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Fire chief Steve Bickel said the blaze started when 16-year old boy tried to cook on a barbeque grill on the side porch of the house. The fire quickly got out of control and spread throughout the house.

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Firefighters from at least 18 volunteer companies from Bulter, Venango, Lawrence and Mercer counties were called to the scene. Water had to be trucked in from as much as five miles away near Grove City, as there aren’t fire hydrants in Harrisville.

Everyone made it out of the house safely, including pets. The family lost virtually everything.

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