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An overnight fire Sunday destroyed a 2 1/2 -story house on Stillwater Road in Warren County's Freehold Township.

Wrightsville Fire Chief Steve Coons said Monday his department was called to the Richard Giordon home at 9:26 p.m. Sunday night. Coons said the first responding units found the structure fully involved on arrival.

"Apparently, it started on the first floor out in the storage area outside the garage or right inside the garage," he said.

Coons said the cause is undetermined and Pennsylvania fire marshals will be in today to look through the rubble.

Since the upper floors caved in, he said it took a while to bring the blaze under control.

"We were there about six hours. What happened is (the) second and third floors caved in on the first," said Coons. "So we brought in a backhoe and had to removed some debris to get the fire put out."

He said fire crews were at the scene until 3:38 a.m. Monday.

Joining Wrightsville at the fire were volunteers from Sugar Grove and Bear Lake in Pennsylvania and Busti, Panama, and Ashville in New York. Ashville also provided an extra tanker truck, and Kiantone was on stand by.

The occupants all got out safely, said Coons.

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