3 Adults Injured In House Fire
By Lonny Frost
On February 21, 2014, at 4:17 PM, eleven fire departments were dispatched to a house fire in Harrison Township with possible entrapments.
Responding departments from Harrison Valley, Westfield, Coudersport, Sabinsville, Knoxville, Genesee, Ulysses, Galeton, Elkland and Osceola, along with Valley Ambulance crew assisted at the fire scene.
Harrison Valley Fire Department was the first company to arrive at 243 East Tannery Street in Harrison Valley at 4:19 PM. Once on scene firemen reported flames showing and at least 3 injuries.
Fire departments from Tioga and Potter County continued to pour in over the next hour to assist in this tragic house fire, which left 3 victims injured. All 3 victims in the home were adults.
Around 4:30 PM two emergency helicopters were dispatched. They both landed near the fire scene to transport patients. However, Tioga Freedomist learned that the victim with severe burns was the only patient flown out. That patient was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital’s burn unit in Rochester, NY around 5:39 PM.
Around the same time another victim that received burns, also received further injuries after jumping from the burning structure was transported ,by Galeton ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pa.
The third patient was transported by Valley Ambulance to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro, Pa at 6:11 PM. This patient was was reportedly treated for smoke inhalation.
No cause has been listed yet in this fire, as it is still being investigated. It is unknown if the home or its contents were insured.
Please continue to pray for all those injured in this tragic fire in Harrison Township. Tioga Freedomist will update the story as information becomes available.
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Thanks to our readers for their assistance with this story. Special thanks to Tracy Burton for providing on scene information and photos.