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UPDATE: Fire destroys house near Manchester

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Firefighters from four departments responded to a house fire south of Manchester on Highway 13 Thursday night.

The Manchester Fire Department, Masonville, Delhi, and Ryan fire departments were on the scene in the 2400 block of 167th Avenue near Manchester shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday night.

Manchester Fire Chief Mike Ryan said the house was engulfed upon arrival.

"Being the distance it was from town and the description that came across the initial page, I really expected the roof to be down when we got here," Ryan said.

Ryan said firefighters attacked the fire from the outside of the house because inside the house was just too dangerous.

"Once it got into the walls and the floor, there was no need for us to go inside," Ryan said.

The departments eventually called in a tractor hoe to removed the roofing of the house to help the firefighters access hot spots.

Mitch Pfab and his girlfriend have lived in the home for two years. He was at work Thursday night when he got the call from his girlfriend that their house was on fire.

"She was out working in an outdoor building and went up to the neighbors and called it in," Pfab said.

The fire has left Pfab and his girlfriend with little left.

"The owners were good. We told them that we don't think there is going to be anything that you can save from this house. We asked if they cared if we went ahead and just had it taken down tonight. They were good," Ryan said.

Pfab said the couple plans to spend Thursday evening in a nearby hotel, but after that he's not sure where they will stay.

"I don't know...It's a mess," Pfab said.

The Manchester Fire Department said they used some 20,000 too 30,000 gallons of water to put out the fire. They said that water was all transported from Manchester.

Fire officials said no one was injured in the fire and the fire is still under investigation.



Four departments are responding to a fire south of Manchester in Delaware County. 

The Delaware County Sheriff's office said Manchester, Ryan, and Masonville are on the scene near the 2400 block of 167th Avenue.

They said the call came in around 9 p.m. 

Keep with KWWL for updates.

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