Fire destroys mobile home in Derry Township
A mother and her adult son were displaced when a fire destroyed a mobile home on Pine Street in Derry Township Monday evening.
Neither Maria Monroe nor son Kevin Wanichko were at home when a neighbor’s daughter noticed the flames and a passer-by called 911 about 9:15 p.m.
“They had curtains up and I could see through it that there were flames,” said Saveria Weimer, 12, whose father, Phillip Weimer, is also the landlord for the mobile home in Peanut.
Neither Monroe nor Wanichko was home at the time of the fire, which is under investigation by a state police fire marshal.
Monroe’s dog Enzo, a soft-coated red Wheaten Terrier, was staying with a friend for the day.
“As long as they’re OK, everything else can be replaced,” she said.
Monroe said both will probably be staying with friends because the home was destroyed. Representatives from the American Red Cross were also providing the pair assistance.
Bradenville fire Capt. Justin Horrell said the mobile home was fully involved when crews arrived on the scene and took about 15 minutes to get under control, with an additional 24 minutes to review for any rekindling.
Crews used tanker trucks from Lloydsville’s fire department for water because of the distance from the nearest fire hydrant.
Also responding were units from Derry, Blairsville, Latrobe and Crabtree fire departments and Mutual Aid and Murrysville Medic One ambulances.
Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or [email protected].