“We have a lot to be thankful for,” said Susan Seeley, whose in-laws escaped safely last week from a house fire in South Canaan.


 “We have a lot to be thankful for,” said Susan Seeley, whose in-laws escaped safely last week from a house fire in South Canaan.
She said that they were all right, and staying with their son John. They will all be together for Thanksgiving. She affirmed they have many blessings to count. “We know a lot of people are more unfortunate,” she said.
On Monday night, November 16, her in-laws Richard and Joan Seeley were downstairs in their farmhouse, where they have lived for many years. He happened to look outside and saw the orange light from the fire that had erupted upstairs. The fire company was called, and the Seeleys - and their cat- got out unharmed.
Lake Ariel Fire Chief Jason Rossignol said the fire company was called out at about 10:30 p.m., to what was first announced as a chimney fire. He said he was first on scene, and saw right away that this was  a full blown structure fire, with flames coming from the upper story windows.
The house is on Shaffer Road, a couple miles or so from Route 296.
Help came from Maplewood, Waymart, Hamlin and Jefferson Township fire companies, with ambulances from Hamlin and Waymart. Tankers shuttled water from the hydrant at Western Wayne High School.
Rossignol said that no one was injured, and the emergency crews worked together well. They knocked down the flames, limiting fire damage to the second story. Smoke and water damage occurred to both floors. Fighting the fire was a challenge due to the construction of the home, he said, and the narrow dirt road was difficult for getting fire apparatus in and out.
The Chief said that the fire was still under investigation, but they were suspecting that the chimney may have been blocked with creosote. A wood burner was in use.
 Lake Ariel Fire Department was back at station by 2 a.m.
Susan expressed gratitude for family and friends who have been given wonderful support. She said her in-laws have fire insurance, and were able to salvage a lot of items from the house. She said that the house was too far gone, but they hope to eventually set up a modular home on the property.