Fire destroys Westmoreland home

By Joleen Ferris

(WKTV) -  Fire struck a home on Route 5 in Westmoreland, just west of Route 233 just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. 

"Passers-by saw it (and) woke the occupant up on the second story.  She got out safely," says Westmoreland Fire Chief Jeff Grube.

Roughly 70 firefighters from nine to 10 departments fought the fire.  But the blaze moved quickly and destroyed the two-family home.  Sean Fitzgerald lived in the house for 17 years.  It used to be the home of Looney Tunes bar.

Fitzgerald lived in the two- family home with his wife, their two children and his sister-in-law. Everyone, including three family dogs, is safe, but they're now homeless.

"I'm happy that everybody's safe. And then I think of my life...I've sided that, I've roofed it, I've remodeled every room in there, I've gutted it twice, I just finished two rooms in the back," Fitzgerald said. "I can't tell you how many hours I have in this building"  

The family does have insurance. Fitzgerald says they'll stay with family for now, and might rebuild on some adjoining property they own.

The Westmoreland Fire Chief says there's no obvious, readily apparent cause of the fire. Cause and origin teams will try and determine what started the fire.


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