Blaze destroys Vincent home

Small fires and hot spots rekindled twice Tuesday on top of icy remains of a Vincent home destroyed in a Monday night fire that sent four firefighters and a civilian to the hospital for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

Sub-zero temperatures and poor road conditions complicated the initial firefight, which began shortly before midnight at a double-wide trailer at 1440 Roddy Road, said Barlow Volunteer Fire Department Chief Troy Eddleblute

“The elements pretty much tore us up. Roads where slick. We had chains on the trucks. It just takes your time down so much,” he said.

The home was fully engulfed in flames by the time the department arrived on scene, he said.

The Dunham Township and Wesley volunteer fire departments provided mutual aid and additional tankers full of water, but all struggled with complications due to the weather, said Eddleblute.

“We had one of the engines freeze up completely…You’ve got water in your valves that freeze up on your truck. All your handles and everything freeze,” he said.

After being on scene for more than two hours, temperatures dipped to 12 degrees below zero, he added.

No one was home during the fire. Michael Ayers, who lives in a neighboring apartment, called 911 after noticing a flickering in the home around 11:20 p.m., said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

“By the time he put his shoes and coat on and got outside to check it out, it was almost completely engulfed,” said Mincks.

The home is owned by 37-year-old Nicholas A. Proscia, said Mincks.

It is unclear whether the home is insured, he said.

A relative of Proscia’s was transported to Camden Clark Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation and chest pains, said Mincks. The man was treated and released, he said.

Four firefighters also received minor injuries while fighting the fire.

Two volunteers from the Barlow department were struck by a falling beam and transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital, said Eddleblute.

A volunteer from the Wesley department slipped on the ice and transported himself to the hospital to be checked out for a knee injury.

Another Barlow volunteer was transported upon returning to the station.

“He had signs of smoke inhalation,” said Eddleblute.

None of the injuries were life-threatening. Everyone was either treated and released or released without treatment, he said.

An investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s office was on scene Tuesday morning, but the origin of the fire was still undetermined.

The home was completely electric, said Mincks.