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Fire Damages Eagleville Home

House unoccupied; Owners said to be in the process of moving out of the area

A late night fire on Wednesday heavily damaged an Eagleville home.

Lower Providence Deputy Fire Marshal Ron Kenwood said the fire in the unoccupied house on Sky Drive, which was dispatched shortly before 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, had been knocked down by about 12:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Firefighters were continuing to check for extension of the fire into the walls of the structure, Kenwood said.

Heavy smoke poured out of the center of the house's main facade, above the entry door, where firefighters smashed windows in order to allow a firehose's water stream to reach the interior.

A number of neighbors gathered across the street to watch as firefighters sought to bring the fire under control.

According to Lisa and Amanda Barretta, who live in an adjacent house, the home is owned by June and Bill May. The Mays are in the process of moving to Texas, the Barrettas said, though sometimes returned to Eagleville on weekends.

An adult daughter of the Mays was said to periodically use the house, but she was not there Wednesday night.

Neighbor Andrew Dagostino said the house had been for sale for about 18 months and that the house was usually empty.

Information on a possible cause of the fire was not immediately available.

Lower Providence Volunteer Fire Company was assisted at the scene by Collegeville Fire Company and Worcester Volunteer Fire Department.

Earlier story and updates below


Update 12:19 a.m.
Lower Providence Deputy Fire Marshal Ron Kenwood confirmed that the home was unoccupied.

The fire has been knocked down and crews were checking for extension of the fire into the walls of the house, Kenwood said.

Lower Providence Volunteer Fire Company was assisted at the scene by Collegeville Fire Company and Worcester Volunteer Fire Department.

Update 12:02 a.m. Thursday: Firefighters are breaking through the roof in the front of the home and pulling out insulation. There are no longer visible flames but a lot of heavy smoke is still visible.

Neighbors report that the house belongs to June and Bill May, who are in the process of moving to Texas. The house has reportedly been for sale for 18 months. According to neighbors, the Mays have an adult daughter who sometimes stays at the house, but it appears she was not there tonight.

Lower Providence EMS personnel at the scene said that no people or animals were in the home. 

Update 11:47 p.m. Radio reports indicate that firefighters have "knocked down" the bulk of the fire, which was reportedly limited to the exterior front of the house.

Initial report follows.

Fire personnel were responding to a reported house fire on Sky Drive in Eagleville late Wednesday night.

Montgomery County Department of Public Safety radio reports indicated that Lower Providence Police arrived at the scene before fire personnel and that the home was unoccupied.

The front of the house was described as "fully involved" by the fire.

A reporter is en route to the scene.

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