1 in hospital after Tuesday fire

From staff reports

MILROY – One person was sent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a house fire in Armagh Township.

Officials said the fire started in the living room of 40 Brooknar Drive, Armagh Township, around 1:29 p.m. Tuesday. Milroy Fire Chief Tyler Smuk said the fire was contained to the living room.

“Jeff Shelly, an off-duty firefighter for Reedsville, called the fire in and was able to use a garden hose outside to help to contain the fire,” Smuk said. “It was quick thinking like that which kept the fire contained until crews arrived on the scene.”

The Mifflin County Emergency Communication Center said the call came in as being a residential fire with entrapment. However, Smuk said when crews arrived there was no one in the building. Smuk also said the owner of the home was taken to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital because of smoke inhalation and the local chapter of the American Red Cross was notified to assist the homeowner. Smuk said the fire was clear and crews left the scene at 2:41 p.m. As of press time Tuesday evening, the cause of the fire was still undetermined.

Milroy Fire Company was assisted on the scene by Reedsville, Yeagertown, Burnham, Junction, and New Lancaster Valley fire companies and Fame EMS.