Fire Destroys St. Marys Residence

ST. MARYS – A fire destroyed a St. Marys residence at 162 Taft Rd. on Wednesday, reported the state police at Ridgway.

The Pennsylvania State Police and the Crystal Fire Department investigated the origin and cause of the fire. The fire originated in the basement and destroyed a two-story, wooden-framed residence, state police said.

The cause of the fire has been ruled accidental in nature; the fire started due to an old refrigerator, state police said, noting there aren’t any suspicious circumstances.

The victim, Roy Pfoutz, was asleep at the time of the fire. He was awoken by a smoke detector but trapped on the second floor. He jumped from a second-floor balcony and was injured during the fall. Pfoutz was treated for minor injuries and released from Elk Penn Highlands, according to state police.

Damage has been estimated at $250,000 and the residence was a total loss. The American Red Cross is assisting the Pfoutz family, state police said.

The Crystal Fire Department was assisted by the Fox Township and Johnsonburg fire departments and St. Marys Ambulance.


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