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Four Homes Destroyed in Wilkes Barre Four-Alarm Blaze

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

WILKES BARRE, PA - Around 12:00 P.M. on January 21st, Wilkes Barre City fire and EMS were dispatched to a possible residential structure fire with multiple calls on it. When pulling out of their station, a large black header was seen. Wilkes Barre fire called for an immediate working fire box, adding Kingston Fire Department for their RIT team.

On arrival, firefighters faced three houses fully involved and called for a fourth-alarm box. Hanover Twp. Fire, Avoca Fire, and all off duty Wilkes Barre City firefighters were called in to assist with this massive blaze. While battling the blaze, one house collapsed and another house caught on fire, raising the total to four structures on fire.

Twelve people were left homeless after the fire, and three were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. One homeowner's cat was missing after the fire.

Firefighters battled the fire for over eight hours and once the flames were knocked down enough, a private demolition company was called in to knock the houses down. Firefighters stayed on scene to monitor and continue putting water on the rubble. At this time the cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshal. The American Red Cross is helping those who lost everything in the fire.

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