MADERA — Firefighters responded to an early morning garage fire Sunday at a familiar address on Lynn Street in Madera, Clearfield County.
A volunteer firefighter, officials said, lived at the address with two others and his 1-year-old and 2-month-old sons. Luckily, when first responders arrived, everyone had safely escaped from the house.
“It started in the garage and was going into the house,” said Madera Fire Chief Dwayne DeLattre. “The guys had to knock it down; they put the fire out in the garage.
“There was a little extension into the house. [There was] heavy smoke damage in the house and water damage, but pretty much the garage is destroyed about $100,000 in damages.”
DeLattre said smoke detectors alerted the family to the fire inside of the garage. He said without this important fire protection device, the outcome could have been very different.
“Yes, there was a working smoke detector,” DeLattre continued. “I believe that is what woke him up and why he went over to the garage. He saw the glow in the garage. I thought the whole roof was on fire when we pulled on scene. If it wasn’t for that, they would have probably still been there.”
The cause of the garage fire has not been determined. A fire marshal has been requested to investigate the fire, officials said.