A two-alarm fire displaced a family and heavily damaged a home late Thursday morning in Perry County.
Lt. Justin Hooker of the New Buffalo Fire Department said the fire started after the owners left the house in the 3200 block of Susquehanna Trail at around 11:20 a.m.
No one was in the home and no firefighters were injured.
The American Red Cross said it is assisting three adults and four children who were displaced with food, clothing and shelter.
Hooker said by the time firefighters arrived, flames had already engulfed much of the second floor and were spreading into the walls and attic.
He and another firefighter attempted an attack from the stairs, but were turned back by intense heat that burned the leather badge on his helmet.
"When we went up the stairs in the initial attack, the fire rolling back was extremely hot," Hooker said with scorched helmet in hand. "The leather actually will get to the point where it starts to burn, and it just starts to melt away."
The cause of the fire was not immediately known and a damage estimate was not yet available.
Hooker said there are no fire hydrants in the area, so water was pumped from the Susquehanna River and trucked by tankers about a mile to the home.
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