Update – April 1, 2014
Sam Ganow posted these pictures of the interior of the burned-out shell of his home in Cochranville to Facebook yesterday. The captions are his:
The Ganow’s are planning to rebuild.
Original Post – March 24, 2014
This report of the fire Sunday morning at Sam & Kennie Ganow’s home on Homeville Road in Cochranville was posted to Keystone Valley Fire Department Sunday evening:
On Sunday, at 9:57 AM, Tanker 8 was dispatched to assist Station #27, Cochranville Fire Company, at a structure fire in the 1400 block of Homeville Road. One of the first arriving Station#27 chiefs reported a fully involved dwelling fire. Mutual units were dispatched from throughout Western Chester County,Eastern Chester County and Cecil County, MD., including a tanker task force.
Tanker 8 responded with additional KVFD firefighters standing by on station to assist if called. During the early stages of the suppression efforts County Fire radio relayed a report of a “Mayday” (firefighter in distress), from a firefighter inside the house. This was soon cleared with early unconfirmed reports being that a firefighter’s foot fell through the floor.
Tanker 8 returned to the station at 1:40 PM. Station #27’s “Homeville Command” reported that all units cleared from the scene at 2:45 PM.
The homeowner, Mr. Sam Ganow, a longtime school board member reported this morning via Facebook, that no one was hurt however a family dog, “Dozer” perished in the fire. The house sustained major damage.
An investigation by the Chester County Fire Marshal and PA State Police is in progress.
More pictures on Keystone Valley’s site here.
LancasterOnline had a brief story on the fire here.