NEW COLUMBIA – A woman in New Columbia died in a house fire Friday afternoon.

State police fire marshal James Nizinski reported 57-year-old Brenda Lee Reibsome died in the fire along Grover Drive. The home was destroyed.

Crews from White Deer Township, William Cameron Engine Company, Milton, Turbot Township, Mifflinburg, Union Township, Pottsgrove and Warrior Run were summoned about 1:30pm.  The fire response did go to a second alarm, and several additional crews were being utilized in a standby capacity.

First volunteers on the scene reported heavy smoke and flames in the house.  Volunteers and other firefighters used tanker trucks to shuttle water to the fire scene. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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