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Basement fire damages Mahanoy City row

By JC KRIESHER, Senior Correspondent | April 08, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 040820101

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa. – At 5:12 PM on Tuesday, March 17, Fire District 48 was sent to 724 West Centre Street for a report of a house fire.

Chief 48-3 was advised of smoke coming from the corner of a rowhome with an alarm sounding. The chief advised he had smoke showing from multiple blocks away.

Ladder 48-25 arrived to find smoke showing from the eaves of multiple rowhomes and positioned in front of the building. The ladder stretched a line while the aerial was sent to the roof.

Engine 48-15 was next in, secured a water supply and positioned behind the ladder. 48-20 and 48-12 followed with 48-12 securing a hydrant at C and Centre Streets. Tanker 48-30 arrived and supplied the ladder. Engine 48-10 was sent to the rear of the row.

Crews found a basement fire in 724 West Centre. An additional line was stretched to the basement and a line went into the “B” exposure.

As truck crews worked to open the roof they found fire in the attic. With conditions worsening, Chief 48 requested a second alarm to the scene.

Firefighters stretched a line from 48-10 to the “C” side and made access through the second floor to work on the fire in the attic.

The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. At least one pet was brought out of the building by firefighters.

Mahanoy City firefighters were assisted by crews from Shenandoah, Girardville, Frackville, Englewood, Ryan Township and Hometown.

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