Family survives fire

It was the actions of citizens and a Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy that helped save a Towanda fire from a house fire Tuesday.

At 8:18 a.m. Tuesday, a call was received on structure fire at 521 Main St., according to the report.

The report stated there were people trapped in the residence.

Butler County Deputy Tom Moore arrived on the scene and helped evacuate those in the residence.

The report stated upon the deputy’s arrival he found a single family residence fully involved in the fire.

The deputy entered the residence and helped evacuate those in the home. All of the six occupants got out, but a couple of pets did perish in the fire.

The Towanda, Benton and El Dorado Fire Departments arrived on the scene.

There was extensive damage to the contents and the structure. The cause of the fire is unknown.

The Red Cross was contacted and responded to assist the family. In addition a fund for the Payne family has been set up at the Towanda State Bank.

Sheriff Kelly Herzet said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

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