State Police Fire Marshal Investigating Fox Hill Fire

Blaze that destroyed Ulysses home Saturday under investigation

The PA State Police Fire Marshal Unit is investigating the fire that destroyed a Fox Hill home on Saturday, November 20.

The home, which was vacant at the time of the blaze, is owned by James and Sandy Hoopes of Ulysses, PA.

The fire completely destroyed the home with damages estimated at $200,000.

Trooper David A. Surra, a PA State Police Fire Marshal from the Emporium barracks, is requesting that anyone with additional photographs or information concerning the fire to contact the Tri-Town Fire Chief or the PA State Police at Emporium by calling 814-486-3321.


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14 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t this like the 5th property of theres that has burnt?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just bad luck I suppose

  3. Anonymous says:

    ya think?

  4. Anonymous says:

    probably just a squatter trying to keep warm. Fires happen all the time.

    Just look at
    the Homestead hotel in emporium,
    the West Pike Motor Lodge in Galeton
    the Lakeside Inn in Galeton

  5. Anonymous says:

    ********* is an arsonist, but fire officials covering for him. Never a police report, though this is the first a police investigating.
    There is never a consecvence for him, whether a toxic dump, hazmat spill, unsafe trucking .

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Does ************ really think that the residents of this community are unaware of his criminal behavior? There are dozens who still resent his arrogant destruction of our Landmark Round Barn. It’s time that this neighborhood arsonist be held accountable for his actions.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    im wondering why they would mention the fire in west pike and the village seems kinda funny to me

  8. Anonymous says:

    It sure looks like a eye sore in Galeton! Love looking at the toilet as I drive through that tow!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Think of the number of volunteer firemen whose lives are being put at risk for one reason only…..one man’s greed!!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    kudos to you for allowing our comments, even if edited! “the other guy” must be a friend of “his”. And I for one am very pleased to think maybe THIS time there’s going to be an investigation.

  11. Anonymous says:

    It sounds like someone knows something about sombody here. Do mankind a favor & drop a dime.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What does “drop a dime” mean?

  13. Anonymous says:

    To drop a dime – to inform the police about someone’s illegal activities.

    DROP A DIME / DROP THE DIME (on someone): To inform on or betray. Originally underworld lingo meaning to give information to the police, RAT ON, SQUEAL ON, SNITCH. The expression, still in use, is of U.S. origin and dates from the 1960s, when a public pay telephone call cost 10 cents and a dime was inserted (dropped) into the slot. Such a call could be made to the police by an anonymous informer without the fear of being traced.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Oh, if only I had something concrete, I’d be glad to drop that dime! I’m not an insurance investigator or a criminal investigator. I have no way to get proof. But how many properties have to burn before someone who IS an investigator comes along and gets that proof? What’s this, 5 fires? That we’ve seen here in Potter County, anyway, with the round barn being the most heartbreaking to us who have loved it for decades. C’mon, what’s it gonna take?

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