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100 firefighters called in to battle blaze in Lehigh County

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:04:35 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 20 2013 10:05:56 AM CDT

Fire destroys Lower Milford home

LOWER MILFORD TOWNSHIP, PA. -

What started out as a small garage fire spread so fast, it took roughly 100 firefighters to control it. Part of the reason? A lack of water.

It started around 7:30 p.m. Friday on Pine Tree Road in Lower Milford Township, Lehigh County.

"There are no hydrants, so heavy lines had to be laid in -- 5 and 6 inch supply lines," said Lower Milford fire marshal Terry Miller.

According to property records, Ken and Brenda Rohrbach own the home.

"The homeowner had been home about 15 minutes, he estimates, and he smelled smoke," said Miller, "and when he looked into the garage, the car was already substantially involved with fire."

According to Miller, all three adults got out okay -- two parents and their adult son. The home was not so lucky.

"The place is pretty much destroyed," he said. "Burned through the garage door, went right up the front of the garage. The attic went, and it came out the back of the attic."

There's another thing about fighting fires in small towns -- you tend to know the victims personally.

"The lady of the house, I've known since she was a little girl," said Miller. "It's harder when you know the people."

Miller said the woman's father actually worked with the fire company at one point.

The Red Cross is helping the family get back on its feet right now.