A man, woman and two dogs escaped a roaring fire at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at 5468 Hoppenville Road in Marlborough Township.
According to Marlborough Police Officer Ted Baird, first on the scene, fire broke out in the home around 12:17 p.m. and the occupants quickly evacuated.
The home is owned by Tammy L. Bull according to Montgomery County property records.
Green Lane Fire Chief John Miller said his company arrived and discovered the “rear section of the house was involved in flames.” Heavy smoke was coming from the second floor of the building. Fire quickly spread to both ends of the wood-framed, single-family dwelling.
More than 60 firefighters from Red Hill, Pennsburg, East Greenville, Upper Salford, Harleysville, Hereford, Telford, Upper Frederick, Sassamansville, Telford, Towamencin, Trumbauersville, Tylersport, Lower Frederick, Schwenksville, Milford and Richland arrived to battle the blaze.
Firefighters initially fought the flames with hand-held lines. A large-stream "blitz" line was set up in the rear of the building to cool a large propane tank. After about 25 minutes on the scene, firefighters were forced to evacuate the interior of the structure because of heavy fire conditions. Wind-swept flames had burned through the roof in several areas. An aerial water gun was brought in and knocked down the flames.
Miller declared the scene under control around 1:30 p.m. Firefighters were on the scene until 3:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A representative from the American Red Cross was on the scene to assist the victims.
EMS units from Upper Perk and Harleysville assisted at the scene. Canteen units also were on location from North Penn Goodwill.
Fire police closed Hoppenville Road from Lumber Street in Green Lane to Geryville Pike in Marlborough.
Fire companies from Quakertown and Souderton were on standby at Pennsburg’s station and Colmar Fire Company in Green Lane.