New Holland, PA. A local man was outraged that a two alarm fire, which ravaged his home along Tucker St. in New Holland early Tuesday morning and caused an estimated $30,000 in damage, woke him up before his alarm went off.
The Liberty Fire Department was called out to the scene at 3:32 a.m. and found the western part of the home partially engulfed. Firefighters entered the home and found the resident sleeping in his bed on the eastern side of the house. They claim the man was angry that they woke him and insisted on going back to sleep until the fire “got close enough to worry about.” The rescue workers forcibly removed the man who drug his pillow and blanket along with him.
The fire was largely contained around 6:30 am at which point the firefighters woke up the resident who had fallen asleep wrapped in his blanket on an ambulance gurney. Witnesses say the resident was angry that he overslept and that he was going to be late for work. He left before the crews had even finished putting the fire out.
“It was the strangest call I’ve ever been on,” said Dave Stoltzfus, a volunteer with Liberty. “It was like he was trying to hit the snooze button on his house fire.”
Authorities have yet to release the name of the man who they are still trying to locate and identify since he left before the rescue workers could interview him.
Authorities described the man saying he had a medium build, a beard, and should smell like trash smoke. He was last seen with a disheveled appearance, bleary eyes, and a T shirt that he had put on backwards. The authorities are asking anyone with information to call the anonymous tip line with the local police department.