An East Huntingdon man and his home health aide escaped unharmed from a fire Thursday afternoon that destroyed the residence he shared with his son.
The fire, which was reported at 12:30 p.m., gutted two bedrooms and a bathroom in one end of the mobile home of John Thomas of Mt. Nebo Church Road, and caused heat damage throughout the structure, said Chris Brinker, East Huntingdon assistant fire chief.
The cause of the fire was a malfunction in the hot water tank, which sparked a fire above the ceiling, Brinker said.
The structure held one mobile home inside another, making it harder for firefighters to reach the blaze, Brinker said.
Thomas, who resides with his son, Byron Thomas, said his home health aide smelled smoke in the ceiling and got him out of the structure. The aide was not identified.