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BLACK CREEK TWP. – A family of three lost their home to a fire on Cedar Head Road late Tuesday night.

The house fire was reported shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nuremberg-Weston Fire Chief Joe Lescowitch said. Firefighters arriving on scene found the garage engulfed and the rest of the home well-off, with flames leaping through the roof and out windows, Lescowitch said.

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, but Lescowitch said he believes it started in the garage.

Lescowitch said the family members escaped the fire safely and are staying with relatives, though they lost a dog that has not been recovered. Lescowitch said witnesses reported seeing the dog outside the home but that it wasn't found while firefighters were at the home Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The flames were too heavy for crews to enter the building, so firefighters could only surround and drown the fire, Lescowitch said.

There was nothing left that we could save, he said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in about 45 minutes and remained working on scene until 4 a.m. Wednesday. No firefighters were injured.

Besides Nuremberg-Weston, fire and ambulance crews from Sugarloaf Township, Hazle Township, West Hazleton, Valley Regional, Nescopeck and Shepton-Oneida in Schuylkill County also responded to the two-alarm fire.

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