From staff reports
A fire Monday at a residence at 118 Cowell Ave. in Oil City is believed to have been caused by a malfunctioning electrical appliance.
“It appeared to be a malfunctioning piece of equipment in the basement,” Oil City fire captain Dennis Alcorn said. “We’re guessing a dehumidifier.”
No one was home when the fire started at about 2:15 p.m. Monday, and there were no injuries.
“I could hear the smoke detectors going off in the house and definitely smelled an electrical fire,” Kratzer said.
Kratzer said he made the decision to call 911 after he was unable find anyone at the house or any nearby neighbors.
Firefighters cleared the scene at about 3:20 p.m.
Seneca and Franklin firefighters and Community Ambulance Service personnel were also on the scene.