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Ross Twp. family loses home to fire


December 24. 2013 5:52PM
JON O’CONNELL joconnell@timesleader.com

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SWEET VALLEY — Flames leveled a family’s home in the early-morning hours Tuesday along Bloomingdale Road in Ross Township.


Rachel Coenen, daughter of Ron and Bonnie Coenen, got a phone call from her parents’ neighbor around 3 a.m. when she learned her family home was engulfed in flames.


Coenen said she heard her mother crying in the background.


“I got there as soon as I could,” Coenen said. “We’re just happy that the family made it out.”


The family escaped with no more than the clothes on their backs, some of them without all their clothes.


Her younger brother, Tyler, 9, was awakened abruptly as the family hurried to get everyone outside.


“My little brother, once I got there, he didn’t have a coat. He didn’t even have shoes on,” Coenen said.


The other family members, Ron, Bonnie and two younger sisters, were unharmed by the blaze that destroyed the home and took the life of one pet dog. Coenen said Tyler saved the second dog, named Martini.


Coenen said her family will stay with her until other arrangements can be made.


Firefighters responding from Sweet Valley, Fairmount Township, Huntington Township, Hunlock Township and Lake Silkworth departments left the scene unscathed.


“What’s left of the house, there’s nothing even standing. It’s just a hole,” Coenen said.


Nothing found in the ashes indicates suspicious activity started the flames, said Stan Davis, Sweet Valley Fire Volunteer Fire Company deputy fire chief.


A fundraising effort was held at fire company along Main Road in Sweet Valley. People dropped off clothing, household items and money, which was to be delivered to the Coenens before press time Tuesday evening.


“At this point, it’s been a significant outpouring. We’ve got about six tables full,” Davis said Tuesday afternoon.




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