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Towamensing dwelling gutted by morning fire

  • RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Towamensing Township Fire Chief Wayne Knirnschild, left, and Franklin Township Fire Chief Bruce Wolfe discuss the fire scene at a dwelling along Poho Circle in Beltzville Lake Estates, Towamensing Township, this morning. The…
    RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Towamensing Township Fire Chief Wayne Knirnschild, left, and Franklin Township Fire Chief Bruce Wolfe discuss the fire scene at a dwelling along Poho Circle in Beltzville Lake Estates, Towamensing Township, this morning. The house was heavily damaged by the fire.
Published January 09. 2013 05:02PM

Flames raced through a large home in the Beltzville Lake Estates development of Towamensing Township this morning, leaving a family homeless.

The fire happened shortly before 7 a.m. at a residence along Poho Circle, about a mile from Beltzville Lake.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was already heavily involved in fire.

The name of the occupants wasn't available.

Responding were members of the Trachsville, Franklin Township, Polk Township, Bowmanstown, and Parryville fire departments. The Palmerton Ambulance Corps also was at the scene as well as area fire police who handled traffic and pedestrian control.

There were no reported injuries.

Towamensing Fire Chief Wayne Knirnschild said at the scene he hasn't determined the cause of the fire. He requested assistance in his investigation from a state police fire marshal.

Knirnschild said the first firefighter on the scene was Chief Bruce Wolfe of the Franklin Township Fire Department. Wolfe reported to him that flames were coming through the roof of the dwelling at that time.

Firefighters utilized tank trucks and transported water from a nearby pond in the development to a portable reservoir set up at the fire scene.

The house is located in a wooded area of Beltzville Lake Estates.

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