Police investigate arson at beloved Quaker Lake home

By Erika Mahoney

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM EDT

Silver Lake Township, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A beloved summer home was left in ruins along the Quaker Lake shore after fire raged through it Sunday morning.

The Silver Lake Township Police Department confirms the cause is arson.

The call for the fire at 60 Lake Front Road came in just before 6:30 a.m., according to Silver Lake Township Police Chief Timothy Burgh.

The owners were not home.

Burgh is working with Pennsylvania State Police to figure out what happened before flames destroyed the lake shore house.

Despite frigid temperatures, the family worked long hours Monday, searching for keepsakes with the help of friends.

"It's been in the family for a very long time," said CC Draper, a high school student. "I've lived here every summer ever since I was born with my family and my cousins."

Draper's grandfather bought the house and turned it into a summer home.

"In the attic, which is the very top floor, that's where all of the cousins would sleep. There were cracks in the walls and bats would always come in there. My grandma actually bought my sister and I mosquito nets, but we would call them bat nets," CC Draper said reminiscing about good memories.

The Drapers said the home was also a meeting place for the Quaker Lake community. Friends and neighbors would always lounge on the big front porch, playing cards, drinking coffee and celebrating holidays.

"Everybody would come over for clam chowder on the 4th of July," Thomas Draper said, CC Draper's brother.

Police continue to search for answers.

"It's definitely made us look at some things," Burgh said.

Burgh said a home just half a mile away at 203 Patton Road burned to the ground around 5 a.m. December 1, 2013.

The owners of 203 Patton Road were not home. The fire is still under investigation.

Police did not confirm if the two fires are related, but suddenly, two blackened homes weigh on families who never second guessed more seasons of memories.

"I never really imagined something like this would happen," CC Draper said tearing up.

Despite what happened, the Drapers plan to rebuild.

If anyone has information, police ask you to call the Silver Lake Township Police Department at 570-278-6818 or Pennsylvania State Police in Gibson at 570-465-3154.