Explosion, fire level home in Lehigh Twp.
One person has died, and another remains unaccounted for, after a house fire Jan. 21 in Lehigh Township.
Township police Chief Scott Fogel said township police and fire departments were dispatched 12:47 a.m. to a reported explosion and fire that occurred at 1132 Blue Mountain Drive, Danielsville.
The residents of that home have been identified as Bruce “Buddy” Miller Jr., 36, and his 10-year-old son, Bruce Allan Miller, Fogel said.
Equipment and personnel have been at the scene, searching the building remains.
As of Jan. 22, the remains of one of the bodies were recovered, though the identity was unknown, Fogel said.
A cadaver dog has been brought in from Northeast Search and Rescue to see if it can recover the missing body, he added.
Fogel said they plan to move the debris left from the rubble to another location.
“We are in the process of removing the debris in large containers to sift through it more finely for recovery and also to try and locate a cause,” Fogel said. “We will be trying to find a large indoor facility to go through the debris.”
State police fire marshals and the Lehigh Township fire marshal have been on the scene throughout the week helping to determine the cause of the fire and explosion, Fogel said.
Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek was on scene as well.
The fire was brought under control approximately 3:20 a.m. Monday, Fogel said.
The home was a two-story farmhouse built in the early 1900s.
“I have to give a lot of credit to the fire department,” Fogel said. “Especially with the temperatures, cold and the wind.”
“The longest part is still ahead to get through all the debris,” he said.
A GoFundMe account has been created to cover funeral expenses and the cleanup of the property.
Contributions toward the Bruce Miller Jr. & Brucie Miller Memorial Fund can be made at gofundme.com/brucemillerjrandbruciemillermemorialfund.
At press time Jan. 23, $15,560 of a $50,000 goal had been raised.
According to the originator of the GoFundMe account, Lori Generose, “Buddy was one of the hardest workers you could ever meet. He ran his business with pride and always had a smile on his face. He loved his two boys with his whole heart and loved spending time with them every chance he got.
“After speaking with the family, we’ve learned that there has been an overwhelming outpouring of people wanting to help. Lifting them up in your prayers is what they need the most right now.”