NEW MANCHESTER - A couple's home of 20 years was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon on Arner Road.
Gary Grimes and his wife Cindy were both working at the time, only to be summoned home to find smoke pouring from their house and firefighters from four Hancock County departments on their front lawn.
"You get a lot of stuff in 20 years," said Gary Grimes, who works at Ergon Trucking Inc.
HOUSE FIRE — Volunteer firefighters from Newell and New Manchester fought a house fire at 568 Arner Road on Monday afternoon. - Stephen Huba
Firefighters received the call at 2:09 p.m. Monday, when a neighbor apparently saw smoke and called 911, said Newell Assistant Fire Chief Tim Steele.
When firefighters arrived at the home at 568 Arner Road, flames were shooting through the roof, Steele said.
"The guys were trying to gain some access, but they had difficulty at first" because portions of the house were near collapsing, he said.
Firefighters from Newell and New Manchester battled the blaze for more than an hour, approaching the house from different directions. At one point, the fire looked under control when flames reappeared in a different part of the house. Pumper trucks were used to supply water. Lawrenceville and New Cumberland volunteer fire departments responded with mutual aid.
New Manchester Fire Chief Roger Stewart said the cause of the fire is undetermined and still under investigation.
No injuries were reported.