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Fire leaves dozens homeless

Country Club Terrace blaze destroys apartments of more than 12 families

Firefighters battle a blaze on the top floor of Building 4 at Country Club Terrace Apartments. The second and third floors were consumed by the fire. Mirror photo by Greg Bock

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A major fire destroyed half of an apartment building at the Country Club Terrace Apartments, leaving 12 families homeless and necessitating the overnight evacuation of 12 more families from the other half of the building.

The American Red Cross was on hand to assist all of those families with finding shelter.

There were no injuries to the occupants of the building, Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Chief Denny Walls said. Most of the occupants of the building were not home during the fire. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries, he said, and one cat was missing.

The Country Club Terrace Apartments on Brush Mountain Road comprise several buildings with 24 apartments each.

The cause of the fire at Building 4 is still under investigation by a state police fire marshal. To those at the scene, it seemed to have started on the third floor of the building.

Firefighters subdue a blaze that destroyed half of an apartment building at the Country Club Terrace Apartments on Brush Mountain Road on Friday afternoon. At least 12 families lost their homes in the fire. Mirror photo by Greg Bock

The roof was completely ripped off as firefighters worked through the evening to ensure nothing was still smoldering.

The initial call came to Geesey­town firefighters at 1 p.m., Walls said.

Gwen Black saw the fire from her second-floor balcony of Building 3, which is next to the building that caught fire.

“It was so horrible. I couldn’t believe it,” Black said, recalling dense smoke billowing from the building.

One of the first residents to see the fire was Debora Mowery, also of Building 3, who called the property manager and 911.

Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Department was the first company on the scene of a fire at the Country Club Terrace Apartments on Friday. Several fire companies, including some from Huntingdon County, assisted in getting he fire under control. Mirror photo by Greg Bock

“I saw black smoke and called 911 right away,” she said.

Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Department was first-due at the scene and was assisted by several departments — some coming from as far as Huntingdon County.

In addition to ladder trucks, several tanker trucks were needed because hydrant access was limited, Walls said.

Walls said the first floor of the apartment building may be salvageable, but the second and third floors of Building 4 were consumed by fire.

Walls estimated the damage to the building at $250,000.

Firefighters from several area companies assisted Geeseytown Volunteer Fire Department after the initial call came in about 1 p.m. Friday. Mirror photo by Greg Bock

A firefighter can be seen in a window of an apartment on the top floor of Building 4 at the Country Club Terrace Apartments on Brush Mountain Road on Friday. Mirror photo by Greg Bock

Smoke pours from the roof of Building 4 at Country Club Terrace Apartments on Friday as firefighters from several area companies attempt to counter the blaze. Mirror photo by Greg Bock

The cause of the fire that destroyed half of Building 4 at the Country Club Terrace Apartments is still under investigation. Mirror photo by Greg Bock

In addition to several ladder trucks, several tanker trucks were called out because hydrant access was limited. Mirror photo by Greg Bock

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