Two Berlin firefighters sustained minor injuries after state police said a Stonycreek Township woman threatened to commit suicide by setting her home on fire.

The homeowner, Jimmie Barefoot, 69, was transported to Somerset Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and for a mental-health evaluation, state police said.

Authorities said Barefoot called 911 shortly before midnight Thursday and said she was going to burn down her house.

When firefighters arrived at the ranch home along Huckleberry Highway, a garage and breezeway were engulfed in flames and Barefoot was on the back porch, Shanksville fire Chief Terry Shaffer said.

“She put a lot of people at risk, if that’s indeed what happened,” Shaffer said. “Not just because of the fire, but because of the heat we’ve been experiencing.”

State police described the fire as an attempted suicide.

No motive was given. But her husband, Joseph Paul Barefoot, died in March, ending a 50-year marriage.

“Two of my firefighters escorted her away from the building so she couldn’t go back in,” Shaffer said.

One of the Berlin volunteers was treated at Somerset Hospital after an ember burned his chest, while the other had debris in his eyes but declined treatment at the scene, Berlin fire Chief Gerald Parry said.

The names of the two injured firefighters were not released.

A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate.

Shaffer said authorities have not determined how the blaze started.

Though the bedrooms and bathrooms on the right side of the home were spared from the fire, they sustained smoke damage.

Damage is estimated at $150,000. Shaffer said a late-model car beside the house sustained major damage and that the home was furnished with antiques.

Firefighters from Shanksville, Berlin and Stoystown responded.

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