CHERRY RIDGE TOWNSHIP—A structure fire Dec. 18 reduced a Middle Creek Road residence to ash and injured two residents.

As stated in a release, Honesdale Fire Department was dispatched at 7:18 that morning, supported by the Seelyville, White Mills, Prompton and Hamlin departments as well as Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The emergency responders arrived on scene to the single-story ranch home owned by Luanne and Larry Weidner well enveloped by the flames, states a Honesdale Fire Department release.

According to Honesdale Deputy Fire Chief Brian Dulay, the residents had already vacated the home by the time help arrived.

Larry and the Weidners' granddaughter were in need of medical attention and quickly escorted to the proper medical facilities by EMS.

Firefighters immediately addressed the blaze, remaining on scene for five hours to quell the fire.

As is typical of a fire that size, Dulay explained responders needed to pull apart the collapsed structure to make sure it was properly doused.

Dulay noted responders were on scene until around noon, then returned an hour later as per protocol to ensure the flames were out.

The release states firefighters had to initiate a tanker shuttle to a nearby pond a few miles away in order to have water on site.

“It's a significant loss,” stated Dulay, noting the fire's devastation.

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Troop R Fire Marshal Unit suspects no foul play, stated Trooper Winters.

There was nothing suspicious about the fire which likely started in the basement near the residence's coal stove, he explained.

Winters noted PSP have not yet interviewed Larry as he was rushed to the hospital during the incident.

The trooper expects more information regarding the fire will be available after said interview is conducted.

Winters noted the medical status of the two victims remains unknown at the time of publication Tuesday afternoon.

There is a GoFundMe account established to help the Weidners rebuild.

In its first 17 hours, the account had raised over $4,000 towards its $10,000 goal.

Those wishing to lend a hand are encouraged to do so by visiting the account page at:

Donations can also be made or mailed to HNB c/o/ Weidner Benefit Fund, PO Box 350, Honesdale, PA 18431.

To donate items, please visit the Weidner Family Community Relief Facebook group or drop items at Visible Changes, 557 Main St in Honesdale.