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WORTH TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Fire engulfed a mobile home in Butler County early Friday morning.
Just before 6 a.m., firefighters in Butler Co. were called to a mobile home on the corner of West Park Road and New Castle Road in Worth Township, near Slippery Rock. Neighbors of the people who live nearby saw flames and called 911.
NOW: Firefighters from several departments are on the scene of a mobile home fire on West Park Rd., in Worth Twp. in Butler Co. A ladder truck is being used to get water inside the home. #KDKA pic.twitter.com/mZeMaPF1rH
— Lisa Washington (@LisaWashing) March 22, 2019
Ryan Hanchosky, chief of the Slippery Rock Volunteer Fire Company told KDKA’s Lisa Washington, “When we got here, the fire was already through the roof. With a mobile home, the void spaces with additions added on to it, so the fire kinda ran the ceiling, made it kind of difficult for us.”
Another challenge for firefighters was getting water to the scene.
“Our dry hydrant down at the creek, it failed us, so we had to call in multiple tankers from multiple different counties,” said Chief Hanchosky.
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Firefighters used a ladder truck to get water inside the home and to the roof. They didn’t want to miss any of the empty spaces in the mobile home.
“With multiple void spaces from the multiple additions, it made it complicated for us to work our way into the roof,” said Chief Hanchosky. “What makes it nice having the tower up in the air, you can see it from the air and see inside,” he added.
Firefighters shut down part of New Castle Road, or Route 108, because of the fire.
#UPDATE: New Castle Rd (Rt 108) is closed for a stretch because of this fire. Take Barron Road down to Kelly Road and then back up to 108 if you’re in the #SlipperyRock area this AM @KDKA @KDKAHeather pic.twitter.com/cS3PBizhSo
— MEGHAN SCHILLER (@MeghanKDKA) March 22, 2019
Chief Hanchosky says the homeowners didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary before leaving for work.
“Normal routine,” Hanchosky said, “Woke up, so they said they haven’t had any problems with the house either, so state police out of Butler has been notified for the fire marshal to come out and investigate it.”