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Fire department official’s home burns

Wright Twp. blaze hard to reach

Firefighters head out on a one-mile trek to a house fire in Wright Township on Friday morning. The house, owned by Chris Krout, was destroyed.

Aimee Dilger/the times leader

WRIGHT TWP. – A house owned by a line officer with the township volunteer fire department was destroyed in a fire Friday morning.

Firefighters from several departments responded at about 6:30 a.m. to the blaze located in woods several hundred yards behind the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department on South Main Road.

The house, which has an address 491 S. Main Road, is at the end of a long private narrow driveway that made it difficult for firefighters to reach hydrants on the roadway. Several hundred feet of hose line was used.

Luzerne County property records say Chris Krout is the owner of the property. According to the fire department’s Web site, Krout is a lieutenant with the volunteer department.

There were no reports of any injuries or if anyone was home at the time of the fire.

A state police fire marshal arrived at the scene just before 10 a.m.

Wright Township fire police closed South Main Road from Larchmont Lane, the entrance to Summit Meadow Estates, to Church Road. Only people wearing reflective vests were permitted past the roadblock.

A fire police member positioned at the end of the driveway, across from Sachs Lane, refused to allow reporters and photographers near the fire-damaged home.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a private road or a municipal road, you’re not going down there,” the fire police member said, adding she was acting upon orders from a fire chief.

Wright Township Fire Chief Dave Pettit did not return several messages for information about the fire.

South Main Road in the area of the fire reopened just before 11 a.m.

Firefighters from Wright Township, Fairview Township, Mountain Top Fire and Ambulance, Hanover Township, Dorrance Township and Hazle Township responded.

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