WOODCOCK TOWNSHIP — A house was destroyed but the man and dog who lived there escaped safely from an early morning fire just north of Saegertown on Wednesday, according to Chief B.J. Fleischer of the Saegertown Volunteer Fire Department.

No firefighters were injured in battling the blaze at 20704 Peters Road, Fleischer said, but little could be done to save the single-story structure.

“It’s a complete loss. There’s not much left standing,” he said. “It was all gone by the time we got there. There was not much for us to be able to salvage, unfortunately.”

Firefighters were dispatched at 3:24 a.m. and cleared the scene just before 7 a.m., Fleischer said. The cause of the fire was undetermined, he added, and the state police fire marshal will investigate. He was unsure if the structure was insured.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist the displaced resident, Fleischer said.

Assisting at the scene were Hayfield, Venango, West Mead 2, Blooming Valley and Cambridge Springs volunteer fire departments, as well as Meadville Area Ambulance Service. 

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