Crews save home from spreading garage fire

PHARSALIA – The first two volunteer firemen arriving at the scene of a garage fire discovered flames spreading to a nearby trailer’s roof and successfully fought to save the home Thursday morning.

Pharsalia Assistant Fire Chief Art Grover and firefighter Milt Blackman arrived at the scene in the department’s fire truck and found the blaze, originally called in as a non-residential structure fire, had spread from the nearby garage to the couple’s home.

“They did a heck of a job in keeping the trailer from going up in flames,” said Rita Leavitt, one of the residents living at the Town of Pharsalia home, located along County Route 10.

“When we arrived, the garage was totally involved and the fire was starting to burn its way along the side and roof of the house,” said Grover at the scene, pointing to a blackened part of the trailer now stripped of its siding. “Milt and I got here and immediately we began attacking that area of the trailer to keep the fire contained.”

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