Occupant rescued as crews battle Cook house fire

August 3, 2018
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Youngstown Volunteer Fire Department was among many units that helped the Chestnut Ridge firefighters douse this house fire on July 30, 2018, along Route 711 in Cook Township.

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a Monday fire that extensively damaged a Cook Township home, displacing the residents along Route 711 near Stahlstown.

A man was home when the fire was reported shortly after 11 a.m. and was rescued by ladder from a porch roof as firefighters from Chestnut Ridge arrived, according to Fire Chief Shawn Kestner. Pets also made it out of the three-story wood frame house, he said.

The fire is believed to have started in a first-floor living room and eventually spread to the finished attic, Kestner said.

“We got some rain for a bit, but it didn’t really help because the roof was still intact,” he said.

Firefighters went inside the house to fight the fire and used an aerial truck to douse it from the outside. They were hampered when the fire burned through part of the second floor but got the majority of the flames knocked down within about 90 minutes, Kestner said.

Shuttling water from ponds along Route 711 and a nearby lake, firefighters from more than a dozen companies remained at the scene for nearly five hours to check for hot spots in walls, he said.

No injuries were reported.

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