After a New Holland home caught fire Monday evening and destroyed the structure, officials are continuing to investigate the cause.
According to an incomplete report from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) and early reports from the Pic-A-Fay Joint Fire District, the home of Clinton D. Jarrell, at 424 W. Front Street in New Holland, suffered extensive damage. The fire, which began shortly before 7 p.m. according to reports, lasted for a couple of hours.
The report states that when deputy Dirk Witherspoon arrived, there were visible flames coming from the southeast side of the home. The deputy made contact with the owner/victim, Jarrell, who was already outside of the house.
After the initial investigation, Pic-A-Fay Fire Chief Ken Howard confirmed that a pet dog did perish in the fire. The victim reported no home owner’s insurance at the time of the report and the home was a total loss.
Howard said early Tuesday afternoon that the State Fire Marshal’s Office had already been to the scene to begin its own investigation, which is ongoing. No cause had been determined, according to the incomplete report from the FCSO.
Members from the Pic-A-Fay Joint Fire District, BPM Joint Fire District, the Washington C.H. Fire Department and the Fayette County EMS all responded to the scene and were able to extinguish the blaze.
Stay with the Record-Herald as more information becomes available.
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