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Derry Township family loses home in fire

November 9, 2018

Less than two months after the death of their daughter, the Bolish family is facing more loss.

The family’s Derry Township home caught fire early Saturday, destroying everything inside, WPXI reports.

Marissa Bolish, 17, was killed in a car accident on Route 982 near Mission Road in August.

“It’s just so hard going through my sister’s death at 17, then being left with nothing except what I have in a dorm room,” Chelsea Bolish, 19, told WPXI.

Bolish was not at the home at the time of the fire. She attends college nearby, according to WPXI.

Three family members -- Bolish’s parents and 17-year-old brother -- were there and managed to escape, WPXI reports.

Two people were transported to an area hospital for injuries suffered while trying to escape the house, according to a statement from Bradenville Volunteer Fire Department.

The station was activated around 1:30 a.m. Saturday and responded along with several other companies. The scene was cleared around 5:30 a.m.

The fire is being investigated by the state police fire marshal, Bradenville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Piantine said. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

A gofundme.com fundraiser has been started to support the family.

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