Longtime state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf and three other people narrowly escaped a fire that ravaged their Montgomery County home early yesterday, authorities said.
A smoke alarm rousted Greenleaf, his wife, Kelly, their son and the son's girlfriend about 3:15 a.m., according to Upper Moreland Township Fire Marshal Bob Drennen.
"A smoke alarm went off and alerted them to the fire," Drennen said. "They went downstairs, noticed the fire, and exited the house."
Greenleaf, a Republican representing parts of Montgomery and Bucks counties, heads the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has served in the state Senate since 1978.
Blasts of wind whipped the fire into an inferno that already had started to consume the house when firefighters arrived at the property, at Terwood and Paper Mill roads near the Huntingdon Valley Country Club.