Smethport man dies in Bordell Road house fire

Rew Volunteer Fire Department, along with several other area volunteer fire departments, worked to extinguish this fatal fire for several hours early Monday morning.

A Smethport man died in an early morning house fire on Monday at 1276 Bordell Road in Keating Township.

According to a release from the Pennsylvania State Police, Kenneth McCrobie, 59, along with four dogs, died in the blaze. Another victim, identified as Cynthia McCrobie, 61, did not suffer any injuries.

The Rew Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at around 12:21 a.m., the release said. Shortly thereafter, crews from Smethport, Otto Township and Port Allegany were dispatched to the scene as well, while Norwich Township was placed on standby, according to a Facebook post from the Smethport Fire Department.

Later in the morning, multiple departments were brought in to assist with water supply, as crews remained on scene to fight the blaze for approximately four hours, according to a post by Star Hose Co. No. 1, Port Allegany’s fire department.

Port Allegany’s squad worked to contain the fire to the house and prevent it from spreading to a detached garage and apartment near the house, according to the department’s post.

An investigation into the fire by Trooper Russell Stewart, who also serves as the deputy fire marshal, revealed that the fire originated inside the interior of the structure. However, the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, and the fire remains under investigation.

On Monday afternoon, crews from Rew, Smethport and Otto Township were dispatched just before 2:30 p.m. for a rekindle, reports indicated.