FOUNTAIN - The American Red Cross is assisting a family of five who were burned out of their Fountainhead home Wednesday afternoon.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
FOUNTAIN - The American Red Cross is assisting a family of five who were burned out of their Fountainhead home Wednesday afternoon.
Fountain Volunteer Fire Department chief Jeremy Taylor said the one-story rancher at 24 Hazelton Dr. in Fountainhead was completely gutted by the 10:45 a.m. fire which appears to have started on a covered back porch just off the kitchen area.
The house was occupied by Sharon Price, her daughter and son-in-law and their two daughters, ages 11 and 14.
Taylor said Price was in the living room when the fire broke out.
“When we arrived, there was fire blowing out the back side and out the front door,” he said.
“We were able to get a lot of their stuff out,” he added, noting the belongings piled in the front yard.
Taylor said the family had several pets, and as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, one dog and one cat were still unaccounted for.
And while Taylor said there was no foul play suspected in the blaze, he was continuing to investigate just what might have been the cause of the incident.
“To be honest, there were not a lot of ignition sites back there,” he said.
Volunteer firefighters from Mineral, Allegany, Hampshire and Garrett counties responded to the fire, with the home being located on a dead-end street in the subdivision.