BY MICHAEL J. RUDOLF
A fire destroyed a home in Susquehanna County on Monday afternoon, leaving a man homeless and claiming the life of one of his pet dogs.
The fire broke out at the home of David Susz along Route 29 just north of the village of Springville around 2:30 p.m.
According to Springville Volunteer Fire Company EMS Captain Sheree Smales, the fire apparently started in the second floor of the home.
Firefighters were on the scene until about 5 p.m., Smales said.
She noted that a state police fire marshal inspected the building after the fire was out, but has not released information about how it started.
Springville firefighters were assisted by crews from Montrose and Meshoppen.
Smales said no one was home at the time other than Susz’s pets, and firefighters were able to rescue four dogs and a few cats.
At least one dog didn’t make it out, she said, although she wasn’t certain how many pets total Susz had.
The surviving animals were being cared for at the firehouse throughout the afternoon, Smales said.
Susz will be staying with relatives, Smales said, and will be taking his pets with him.