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Fire destroys Route 7 home

WILLIAMSPORT– A Friday morning fire of undetermined origin that destroyed a state Route 7 home and a travel trailer also left a woman severely burned and three people homeless.

Lisbon Fire Chief Paul Gresh Jr. said they received a call at 6:43 a.m. that the home of Diana White was on fire. The fire, in an area commonly referred to as Horseshoe Bend, started in a travel trailer parked at the rear of the property and spread to the brick home, which was engulfed in flames when the first firefighters arrived. Also sending firefighters were the Negley, West Point, Calcutt and Glenmoor fire departments.

White lived in one part of the house, and her sister Geraldine Dumoulin and an unidentified man lived in another part. All three escaped without injury. Gresh deemed the house a total loss, along wih the travel trailer. A second travel trailer was also damaged.

The state fire marshal’s office was called in to help determine the cause of the fire, while the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

According to Deputy Bill McGee, a 36-year-old woman who is believed to have suffered severe burns at the scene drove several miles to her mother’s home in the Echo Dell Trailer Park in St. Clair Township and called 911 for help. The burn victim, who lives in another trailer in the park, was transported by ambulance to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment, and her identity was not being released at this time.

McGee said the travel trailer that caught fire is owned by John Evans, who was the burn victim’s ex-boyfriend. He said Evans worked at the cracker plant being built near Beaver, Pa., but had been home in Mississippi for the past several weeks.

Gresh said the property was once home to several businesses but was now used as a residence with two separate living quarters. He said the owner also leased space to itinerant oil and gas workers with RVs and travel trailers.

St. Clair Township Police Chief Brian McKenzie said one of his officers was called to the trailer park after learning the burn victim was there, but the officer was unable to question her because of her condition.

“Our detectives are assisting the sheriff’s office in following up on leads to help them determine what transpired,” McKenzie said

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