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This Day in Treasure Lake Nov 1979 – First Major Fire

Reprinted from FOCUS on Treasure Lake Living Dec 1979

An early morning fire on November 12, 1976 destroyed a home on Treasure Lake Road owned by Joe and Vivan Fontana. No one was in the building at the time. It was Treasure Lake’s first major fire.

Security Chief Col. Joe Dussia reported that Patrolman Joseph Donahue was on routine patrol near Hastings and Treasure Lake Roads when he saw a red glow in the sky. He notified Patrolman William Bogardus at the main gate and proceeded to locate the fire. Patrolman Bogardus called the Sandy Township Volunteer Fire Dept. The fire truck arrived at the main gate eight minutes from the time the call was made, according to reports. Patrolman Donahue did not make an effort to get the Treasure Lake fire truck because he could see that the home was beyond being saved and he wanted to determine whether anyone was in the burning building, Security Chief Dussia related.

The house and its contents are a total loss which Mr. Fontana estimated to be $70,000. It was insured.

The fire is being investigated by Col. Dussia, State Police Fire Marshall Heitzenreiter from Punxsutawney State Police Headquarters and Trooper James Mauk of the DuBois State Police Detail. Investigation will continue in an effort to determine the cause of the fire.

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