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$500,000 of damage and four dogs died in McCandless Towing fire


Penfield, PA – More information is being revealed about a fire that destroyed McCandless Towing near Penfield on Thursday morning, but the cause of the fire remains unknown.

McCandless Towing, which is located on Hickory Road, near Route 255/Bennetts Valley Highway, caught fire around 5 a.m. Thursday.

By the time fire crews arrived, the building was already fully involved and flames were through the roof of the garage.

Fire departments worked together to make sure the fire didn’t spread.

Chief Ray Himes of the Penfield Fire Department requested assistance from a PA State Police Fire Marshal in determining the origin and cause of a fire that destroyed a 60′ x 100′ garage belonging to 39-year-old Ryan McCandless from DuBois.

The structure and contents were a complete loss.

The fire was determined to have originated in the area of an oil furnace, but the cause was not determined.

No one was injured, but four dogs perished as a result of the fire.

The garage was used as storage for a number of vehicles, boats, and campers.

Damage is estimated to be as much as $500,000.

Photos are courtesy of North Point Volunteer Fire Company and Penfield Fire Rescue.