Farrell house a total loss after Sunday fire

A fire displaced a Farrell family Sunday afternoon.
A fire displaced a Farrell family Sunday afternoon.

FARRELL, Pa. (WYTV) — Farrell Fire Chief Bill Mortimer said a house that caught fire Sunday afternoon is a total loss and sustained around $20,000.

A fire official has not determined a cause for the blaze, and fire department workers said there were no smoke detectors in the house at all.

The fire displaced the family living there.

Sometime around 4 p.m., crews began to battle an occupied house fire in Farrell. A house in the 800 block of Lee Avenue in Farrell caught fire. The family who lives there says it started in the kitchen.

The fire chief said two adults and two children were at home when the fire started. A total of four trucks responded to the fire, and Sharon Fire Department helped out as well.

Neighbor Mikaela Sullivan indicated that a strange smell is what caught their attention to the fire.

“Well first I was upstairs laying in my bed, watching TV and I smelled something, so I went downstairs to the back door. And it smelled like somebody was having a bonfire or something. I went to the front door and I saw the house bursting up into flames. It was like a lot of black smoke moving towards my house. It was like gulfed in flames,” said Sullivan.

Three fire trucks and a ladder truck responded, and the Sharon Fire Department gave assistance. The fire shut down a portion of Lee Avenue while fire crews were working.

The chief said the house was a total loss.

“We received a call of a working house fire. First crew pulled up. They had every smoke and flame showing. They ended up doing an all call. We had extensive damage to the home. It’s a total loss,” said Farrell Fire Chief, Bill Mortimer.

Everyone who was inside the home at the time of the fire did get out safely.

The Red Cross has stepped in to help this family after losing their home.

The chief said a Fire Marshal will investigate the cause of the fire.

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