DuBois, PA – As a DuBois family is putting their lives back together after a fire destroyed their home, investigators are now revealing what caused that fire and the story of how the family managed to escape.

The home on Arminta Street in DuBois caught fire just before midnight on Monday.

A 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy were already asleep, but 72-year-old Laurel Burguess was thankfully awake and watching TV.

When the TV stopped working, Burguess discovered that it was because a fire had broken out in the home.

Burgeuss and the 16-year-old girl escaped onto a porch roof from a second story window, where they were then rescued by fire crews.

The 15-year-old boy bravely jumped from a second story window, which caused a minor injury.

Damage to the home is estimated at $85,000.

Investigators say the fire started on the first floor as the result of electrical overheating from a 3-blade to a 2-blade outlet adapter between a surge protector and the wall outlet.

There were no working smoke detectors in the home, so the situation could have become deadly if all of the family members had been asleep at the time.

Take a moment today to check if the smoke alarms in your own house are working. At the very least, you should have one smoke detector for each floor of the home, including the basement, plus one additional detector in each bedroom.


Thank you to our hardworking fire crews for quickly extinguishing the flames and making sure everyone was safe!

Photos taken by the Goodwill Hose Company.

DuBOIS Fire Department was Dispatched to Arminta Street for a structure fire with entrapment shortly before midnight. Crews worked quick to get the residents and pets out.

Posted by Goodwill Hose Co. 5 on Monday, 14 January 2019