Four Homes Destroyed in Wilkes Barre Four-Alarm Blaze
Photo by PA Buffing Wilkes Barre City 4th-alarm, multiple houses on fire with Kingston ladder assisting in aerial operations.
Photo by PA BuffingThe back of the structures on fire with 2 blitz fires and Wilkes Barre Engine 2 flowing their deck gun.
Photo by PA Buffing A Wilkes Barre firefighter flowing water from a hand line to knock the flames down enough to prevent a neighboring home from catching fire.
Photo by PA BuffingWilkes Barre Engine 6 on scene blocking a roadway so that cars didn't run over 5-inch hose.
Photo by PA BuffingAvoca Fire Dept rescue on scene providing rit team
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.