ULSTER TOWNSHIP — A fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon has damaged an Ulster home to the point where it’s considered a total loss.

The blaze started on the second floor and broke through the attic and roof of the home on Songbird Lane in Ulster Township.

The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Ulster Fire Chief Josh Gardner. The rocky road traverses a steep hill and has numerous sharp turns and narrow passages that could only hold one vehicle at a time, presenting issues for responding fire crews.

When first on scene, the firefighters could not immediately reach the blaze due to the scene not being secure. Pennsylvania State Police were called to arrive and secure the location and did shortly after. A resident of the adjacent home said that there was live ammunition in the home that was reached by the blaze, setting it off.

It took fire crews an hour to put out the blaze, according to Gardner. A fire marshal is currently investigating the cause of the fire and had not made the findings public as of Tuesday evening.

The resident of the adjacent home said on Monday that the burned home was not insured.

The home is adjacent to another, larger home but luckily the flames did not jump to any other structures.

No firefighters were injured in the battle, but one resident of the home was treated for minor burns according to Gardner.

Ulster Township, North Towanda Township, Smithfield, Ulster EMS, Athens Township Fire, Memorial EMS, and Athens Borough fire crews were each called to the scene. Athens Borough was diverted during the call to a situation at the Towanda bridge, then transitioned to standby for the fire. Waverly fire crews were also on standby.

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