By Pamela Sroka-Holzmann | For lehighvalleylive.com
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on November 27, 2016 at 11:49 AM, updated November 27, 2016 at 12:38 PM
Fire crews from multiple departments early Sunday battled a lingering blaze for nearly five hours that completely engulfed a Washington Township home.
The fire broke out at 12:25 a.m. at the home in the first block of Pinewood Lane. A man and woman, who were the homeowners, escaped safely and called 911, said Washington Township Fire Chief Mitch Tobin.
The couple was treated by medics at the scene, Tobin said. A dog also escaped safely.
The fire is believed to have started somewhere in the garage, but the cause remains under investigation, Tobin said. The chief said the home is likely a total loss and has been deemed uninhabitable.
A tanner task force was requested when firefighters found difficulty finding fire hydrants in the neighborhood. The blaze was brought under control by 5:10 a.m. and crew cleared by 6:30 a.m., Tobin said.
Fire companies from Warren and northern Hunterdon counties were dispatched to the call.
Some included Washington Township, Washington Borough, Oxford Township, Pohatcong Township., Greenwich Township, Hackettstown, Harmony, Franklin Township, Mansfield, Glen Gardner, High Bridge, Mountain Lake, Huntington, Tri-County and Quakertown.
Rescue squads were dispatched from Washington Township, Mansfield, Hampton and Clinton. There were many fire departments called in as backup for the departments fighting the Washington Township blaze.
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