MARION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A man trying to thaw the pipes with a blow dryer and heater in his Beaver County home sparked a large fire Friday.
The single-story home, built on stilts because of its proximity to a nearby creek and the creek’s tendency to flood, was destroyed in the multiple-alarm fire.READ MORE: Man Stopped In March For Stolen Scratch-Off Tickets Now Facing Additional Drug And Firearm Charges
The blaze broke out around 4 p.m. along Eckert Stop Lane in Marion Township.
Firefighters from companies in both Beaver and Butler counties battled the flames in frigid, single-degree temperatures.
“The house was so far gone, there was nothing we could do to save it when we got to the scene,” Assistant Fire Chief John Murtha told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti.READ MORE: Judge Asked To Order Arrest Of Witnesses In Triple Slaying Retrial Of Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles Brother
Homeowner Leonard Szulczewski, at times in tears, says he lost everything in the fire, including his treasured baseball memorabilia collection.
The fire started after Szulczewski used a hair dryer and a propane or kerosene heater to thaw out frozen pipes under the house.
He said he apparently fell asleep on a couch and was awakened by popping sounds.
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