By Mitch Fryer
EAST FRANKLIN — The roof on a 1 1/2-story older brick house at 215 Brickyard Road near Cowansville had collapsed by the time firefighters arrived at the blaze.
The fire was reported by neighbors shortly before 8:30 a.m Monday.
Fire crews from East Franklin, Applewold, West Kittanning and Worthington-West Franklin were called to the fire.
“The roof was already burned off of it,” said Tim Schall, East Franklin Fire Department captain. “It was unsafe going in. We surrounded it and drowned it.”
Schall said the cause has not been determined. It was a total loss for the family, he said.
The owners of the home, Brad and Dawn Toy, have lived there for a year and are expecting their first child in four months.
The Toys were both at work when news of the fire reached them.
They rushed home along with their coworkers and family members to find nothing left of their home and possessions except for four walls.
“There was nothing for us to save,” said East Franklin firefighter Chad Hill who lives in the area and was one of the first to arrive. “It was burning for a long time.”
Relatives gathered outside of the burned house to make plans to provide clothes and a place for the couple to stay.