CAMPBELL HALL – A family escaped without injury after a fire tore through their Sarah Wells Trail home Sunday morning, fire officials said on Monday.
The homeowners called 911 at 6:45 a.m. to report the fire, said Ken Lewis, chief of the Otterkill Engine Company of the Campbell Hall Fire Department.
“It woke them up, the smell of smoke,” Lewis said. “(The house) was fully involved when we got there. The fire was 50 feet in the air.”
Despite the heavy fire and smoke, everyone inside the house got out safely, and no one – including firefighters – was injured, Lewis said. There are no hydrants serving that area (a nearby housing development has hydrants, but they are out of service, Lewis said). So two “porta-tanks,” portable water containers capable of holding hundreds to thousands of gallons of water, were set up, holding water drawn from the Otterkill.
The two-alarm fire was put out around noon; the house is a total loss, Lewis said.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by Orange County Fire Investigators, the chief said.
The family of six or seven people consulted with the American Red Cross after the fire and is staying with relatives, Lewis said.