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By RICK BOSTON
Staff Writer 

Fire at Hollidaysburg Townhouse Complex Displaces 12 Families

 

December 19, 2019

Courtesy of Freedom Twp. Vol. Fire Co.

A four-alarm fire ripped through the Country Club Terrace Townhouses in Hollidaysburg on Friday, Dec. 13. Damage is estimated to be more than $500,000.

At least a dozen families were left homeless after fire ripped through the Country Club Terrace Townhouses in Hollidaysburg on Friday, Dec. 13.

Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Company initially responded to the alarm at approximately 1 p.m.

The alarm was quickly upgraded to a four-alarm fire, prompting assistance from multiple area fire stations.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the third floor of the structure and cut a hole in the roof for ventilation.

While fighting the fire, firefighters were notified of a cat that was trapped in one of the apartments. The cat was located and carried to safety.

Crews brought the blaze under control in about two hours and remained on the scene into the evening, putting out hot spots and guarding against the fire reigniting.

Several tanker trucks were used in addition to hydrants, according to fire officials at the scene.

No injuries were reported, with firefighters being able to rescue the cat from the fire.

The American Red Cross arrived on scene to assist those affected by the fire.

Damage is estimated to be more than $500,000.

The magnitude of the blaze and the number of emergency personnel involved depleted the bottled water supply of the Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Company, which is asking for donations of bottled water to restock.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

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