Fire crews put out fire in Laurel View Village |


DAVIDSVILLE, Pa. – An active fire on Friday at Laurel View Village, 2013 Cambridge Drive, forced some residents to evacuate to safe areas and others to stay outside for a short time.

Numerous emergency teams from Somerset and Cambria counties answered the call around 8 p.m. and brought the blaze under control around 20 minutes later.

“The fire departments have done a tremendous job,” said Tim Mock, CEO of the Retiree Community.

Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters discovered flames in the maintenance department. Brian Shoff, deputy chief of the Conemaugh Township Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire started at an electrical outlet.

“It wasn’t a very big fire,” he said. “Just some smoke and water damage in this room.”

Shoff added that the way the sprinkler system is set up kept it under control until firefighters arrived. First responders lined up at the front and rear of the building to fight the flames.

No injuries were reported and residents who had evacuated will sleep in their rooms on Friday.

“Our staff who were here had everything under control,” Mock said.

Most of the crews were released around 9 p.m., with the go-ahead given about 50 minutes later. Agencies that responded include Conemaugh Township (Somerset County), Scalp Level-Paint, Jerome, Jennerstown, Windber, Boswell, Stoystown, Sipesville, Acosta, Hooversville, Riverside, Upper Yoder, West Hills and the Fire Services from Southmont.

EMS and Conemaugh Township Police were on site, as was the DART unit at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

Joshua Byers is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 814-532-5054. Follow him on Twitter @Journo_Josh.

Joshua Byers is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 814-532-5054. Follow him on Twitter @Journo_Josh.


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