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Small Fire Does Minor Damage to Hazleton Motel

By DAVID BUTCHER, Correspondent | September 15, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 092220114

Hazleton, PA - An early morning fire on September 15th at the Mount Laurel Motel caused some anxious moments for firefighters and guests as smoke was reported in one of the rooms.

Hazle Twp. quickly struck a working commercial structure fire alarm and called for additional resources and tankers. The call for additional tankers and other resources was due to the closest hydrant being at least 2000-feet away.

The fire was in the wall of the room and it took firefighters from Hazle Twp. less than five minutes to extinguish it. One of the chief concerns of the first arriving firefighters was the open wood frame construction of the building and the possibility of the fire spreading to the second floor of the motel. The fire was limited to a small area in the room and was ruled as accidental in nature.

Along with five units from the Hazle Twp. Fire and Rescue, the City of Hazleton, McAdoo Fire Co., Harwood Fire Co., Valley Regional Fire and Rescue (provided EMS to the scene), and the Tresckow Fire Co. were on the scene. Other companies were returned to their station and in service shortly after being dispatched to the fire.

No injuries were reported.

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