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Northampton County Family loses home to fire

By Meghan Packer, Reporter, MPacker@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 17 2014 09:04:34 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 17 2014 09:35:15 PM CST

A family in Northampton County is without its home after a fire ripped through it Friday.

WILLIAMS TWP., Pa. -

A family in Northampton County is without its home after a fire ripped through it Friday.

The house is on County Line Road.

"Upon arrival, had fire involvement on the west side of the building and on the outside and inside," said Williams Township Fire Chief Jeff Murray.

Fire crews said the house has extensive damage is likely a total loss. Murray said there are no fire hydrants in the area so the water was brought it by tanker trucks. 69 News is told a man and his children made it out safely.

Where the initial call for help initially went may have played a part in how quickly fire crews arrived.

Murray said, "From what I understand there was a little bit of a delay. The initial call went to Hunterdon County because of through a cell phone and the property owner wasn't able to get out, his phone lines were burned off, so had to go to a neighbor."

"Maybe five minutes if that, but enough maybe that made a difference," Murray said about the delay. "A lot of times what people don't understand is when they call from a cell phone, that call goes to a certain tower. Unfortunately in our area when people call, some of the towers that they hit that's the closest is actually New Jersey."

A neighbor who took in the family after the fire told 69 News the man was cooking when the fire started. The fire chief, however, said it's still under investigation.

Murray said, "I don't have enough information yet to pin it down to something."