Bret Michael’s childhood home destroyed in fire

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, Poison frontman Bret Michaels talks about the designs for a music room he will be funding and decorating at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Barrow Neurological wing in Phoenix. A fire has destroyed a central Pennsylvania home where Michaels once lived as a child. Upper Allen Township Fire Chief Jim Salter says firefighters had trouble battling the Mechanicsburg fire Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 because nearby fire hydrants were buried in snow. Mechanicsburg is about 8 miles southwest of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capitol. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A fire has destroyed a central Pennsylvania home where Poison lead singer Bret Michaels once lived as a child.

Upper Allen Township Fire Chief Jim Salter says firefighters had trouble battling the Mechanicsburg fire Wednesday afternoon because nearby fire hydrants were buried in snow. Mechanicsburg is about 8 miles southwest of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital.

Five children and two adults were able to escape safely. Salter says one family member was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

An official with Bret Michaels Entertainment tells The Sentinel of Carlisle that the home was one of the singer’s childhood homes. He lived there between the ages of six and 17.

Firefighters say a cooking accident is thought to have ignited the blaze at the ranch-style home.

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