Crews Recover American Flag With Great Sentimental Value To Victims

PERRYOPOLIS (KDKA) — Firefighters were on the scene quickly, but they couldn’t do much to save a house in Fayette County on Monday night.

A fire broke out there around 6:45 p.m. in the 100 block of Barney Road in Perryopolis.

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The Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department is only about half a mile away, but flames ripped through the home with lightning speed. A neighbor driving by said it looked like a fireball had exploded.

Fire Chief A.J. Boni said, “Numerous second and third alarms reported a full-involved fire. We got a lot of equipment out here, and a lot of help from neighboring fire departments.”

Ian Erdely was nearby when the fire broke out. He ran inside and managed to get his mother out safely.

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“They took my mother to the Uniontown Hospital to be checked out,” Erdely said. “Hopefully, she’ll be all right. The main thing is that everybody got out safe, and that house and everything in there is replaceable, all materialistic items.”

(Source: John Lowery)

(Source: John Lowery)

When it was safe to go in, firefighters retrieved something with great sentimental value to the family.

“It was a flag that covered my great-grandfather Erdely’s casket when he passed away,” Erdely said. “He was a World War II veteran.”

The cause of the fire is undetermined. A state fire marshal is investigating.

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