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6 – Alarm fire in Mifflin County

An 8-alarm fire rips through 25 homes in Mifflin County. The fire started around 6:30 p.m. Thursday March 27 and fire crews from multiple counties had to help extinguish the fire.

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The fire marshal investigating Thursday night’s eight-alarm fire in Juniata Terrace, Mifflin County, says he estimates the damage at $6 million, after more than two dozen homes were damaged or destroyed.

Mike Force said the fire began after someone living at 332 Terrace Boulevard was cooking French fries and left the kitchen unattended. Fire crews ran into challenges battling the fire, including insufficient water supply in the area and the wind. Many of the rowhomes, which date back to the 1920s, were also connected to each other in the attic, allowing the fire to spread more easily from home to home.

Force said part of the reason the damage estimate is so high is the cost of bringing the homes up to code once they’re rebuilt.

Juniata Terrace Mayor Rich Lockett declared a state of emergency in the borough, which is near Lewistown. A curfew is in effect beginning at 10 p.m. each night. The curfew could last a week, Lockett said. Fire police will guard the homes damaged by the fire.

The Red Cross and United Way are helping the 15 families affected by the fire. In all, 25 adults and 14 kids were displaced.

Anyone interested in helping can make a donation at any of the branches of Juniata Valley Bank in Mifflin County.

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03/28/14

Update: Destructive fire in Mifflin County

Mifflin fire

Flames started up again Friday morning in a section of row homes in Mifflin County.

The fire in Mifflin County damaged at least 25 row homes, 11 of the homes are destroyed. Flames broke out at 322 Terrace Boulevard at Terrace Apartments in Juniata Terrace around 6:30 Thursday night.

Chief Scott Beers with Junction Fire Company, based in Granville Township, tells us that the homes which were not destroyed may have water damage, smoke damage or damage in the attic. The firewall in the row homes does not go the whole way to the roof, so a crawl space in the attics connecting the homes made a path for the fire to quickly spread.

Fire crews had trouble bringing water to the area and had to call in more than 20 tankers. Four firefighters had minor injuries, one suffered smoke inhalation, one had minor burns, one hurt his elbow and another suffered from exhaustion.

People living in the homes escaped without injuries. Some pets died and others are still missing.

150-200 firefighters from several different counties helped fight the flames.

UPDATE: A fire in Mifflin County damages at least 25 row homes and destroys six.

Flames broke out at 332 Terrace Boulevard in Juniata Terrace around 6:30 Thursday night.

Chief Scott Beers with Junction Fire Company, based in Grandville Township, tells us that the homes which were not destroyed may have damage in the attic.

The row homes are connected by a crawlspace in the attic which caused the fire to quickly spread.

Fire crews had trouble bringing water to the area and had to call in more than 20 tankers.

Two firefighters were hurt.

One hurt their elbow coming down some stairs, the other suffered from smoke inhalation.

No one who lived in the homes has been reported injured, but some pets may be missing.

Fire crews from five different counties helped fight the flames.

Five crews from five counties battle a 6-alarm fire at 322 Terrace Boulevard, Terrace Apartments in Mifflin County. The fire began around 6:30pm Thursday night and spread to 10-15 row homes.

We have a reporter on scene and will update this story.

 

 

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