Strong Wind Spreads Fire, Destroys Home

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PRESTON TOWNSHIP--Firefighters from Wayne and Susquehanna counties had a busy morning battling a fire that destroyed a home near Lakewood.

"When the crews arrived here the whole house was fully involved, flames through the roof. One wall of the house had already partially collapsed," fire chief Tom Tisano said.

Fire crews say the homeowner, Salamphet Phonechanh was doing yard work with his wife when they noticed their home was on fire.

The two tried to put the fire out themselves before calling 911, but crews say the delayed call and gusty winds helped the fire spread quickly.

"With the winds now at 20-25 miles per hour, that really fueled the fire. It started a brush fire across the street and burned about an acre around the house so there was a lot going on," Tisano said.

Along with burning some trees and the grass, the fire also destroyed the shed next to the home.

Crews believe the initial fire started in the basement of the home.

A state police fire marshal is investigating.

The family is being helped by the Red Cross.