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Burnt House Still Stands, Toll Brothers Unaware of Rebuild Plans

The blackened skeleton of the home serves as a dismal reminder of the large blaze that consumed it after it was struck by lightening in July.

The charred remains of a home destroyed in a July fire stands atop a grassy hill, just across the street from Toll Brothers' sales office at Chapman's Corner.

The blackened skeleton of the home serves as a dismal reminder of the inferno that consumed it after lightening struck it the afternoon of July 28.

However, according to Toll Brothers officials, there's nothing they can do at the property because the home is privately owned. 

"The damaged home is a private residence over which Toll Brothers has no control," said company Senior Vice President Dave Anderson.

Anderson added Toll Brothers is unaware of the owner's plans for the home, which is vacant due to the damage. No one was injured in the blaze. According to reports during the time of the fire, the family was away when the lightning ignited the blaze.

"At this point in time, Toll Brothers is not aware of any final plans by the owners or any intentions of the owners going forward," Anderson said.

He added Toll Brothers is hopeful it will be a part of the rebuilding process if and when that happens. 

Chapman's Corner consists of 45 homes in Wrightstown Township, according to the Toll Brothers website.

Click here to see Patch's report and photos of the fire.

Meade November 16, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Of course Toll Brothers would have no idea - it's private a private home! Good reporting might have entailed contacting the Wrightstown Township codes dept to see if any construction was in the works, permits were taken out, etc...
Ed November 16, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I care more about the family who lost their home and everything in it then I give a second of concern over Toll Brothers sales and profits. At the time many of us in Ryans Corner reached out to the family to help. Toll Brothers does not need our sympathy as the process works FAR better for them then it works for homeowners especially when it comes to the banks and their bottom line policies kicking people out of their homes. As Meade said - talk to Ted about what MUST happen as per the township on this private residence - and find out what the family's story is. I hope they are well as can be expected.
Ashish Sitapara MD November 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
As someone with patients and friends in that community, my heart goes out to the family that lost their home. But I don't understand the point of this story and why it has anything to do with Toll Brothers. Does Toll Brothers own the residence? Do they have some obligation here ? Wouldn't it make more sense to interview the homeowners, or neighbors, or township?
Meade November 21, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Kara - they started taking the house down yesterday & are working there again today
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