EAST LIVERPOOL - A vacant house believed to be the oldest one on Anderson Boulevard in Liverpool Township burned to the ground on Saturday, just days before the owner's mother was going to ask to have it razed.
"I wanted it down but not like this," said Tammie Anderson, of Wellsville, whose son, Brandon Glasure, has the deed to the house. "I was sending in papers this week to have (Liverpool Township) level it."
The house at 1078 Anderson Blvd. had been vacant since about 2000, when Anderson's father moved out of it, she said. "My father and his three brothers were born here," she said. "It has sentimental value to me. I was here all the time."
Liverpool Township firefighters responded to the fire at 5:05 p.m. Saturday. There were no injuries, despite fierce flames and heavy smoke, said Liverpool Township assistant fire Chief Dave Ward.
"The house was in such bad shape," Ward said. "It had no gas or electric."
Ward said the cause of the fire is undetermined but not believed to be suspicious.
Several campers at the Tri-State Free Methodist Camp across the street said they called 911 when they saw smoke.
"We were watching a movie in the tabernacle. One fellow heard what he thought was a gunshot," said John Giesmann, of Bethany, W.Va., who is staying at the campground this weekend.
Camper Harry Hineman, of Beaver, Pa., said he called 911 after he and his son, Parker, 11, saw smoke coming from the house. "It got heavier and heavier, and we saw it move from the left side of the house to the right," Hineman said.
"All that's left standing is the chimney," Parker Hineman said. "That's the strongest part of the house."
Anderson said she and her husband, David, heard police scanner traffic about an abandoned house on Anderson Boulevard and soon realized it was their family's.
Anderson said her grandfather built the single-story house in the 1920s and that she lived in it for a time in the late 1990s. More recently, family members used it for camping.
"We'd come here and spend the night," she said, noting that there were family photos and other items of sentimental value that she had hoped to retrieve before the house was torn down.