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Heavy Fire Damages Hazle Twp. Home Right Before Christmas

By DAVID BUTCHER, Correspondent | December 19, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 123020100

Hazle Twp., PA - On the cold Saturday evening of December 19, 2020, just before 7:00 P.M., Hazle Township Fire and Rescue was called out for a working structure fire at 2538 Christine Road in the Ridgewood section of the Township. Fire had erupted in the rear of the split-level home and impinging on the roof of the home.

Upon arrival, Hazle Twp. Volunteer Firefighters made an aggressive attack and held the fire to the rear of the structure. The home suffered extensive fire damage to the rear of the structure, along with heavy heat and smoke damage to the rest of the structure.

According to Deputy Chief Jason Zoshak, firefighters found heavy fire blowing out of the rear of the structure, sending heavy black smoke into the air. Deputy Chief Zoshak credits the quick action of the first arriving firefighters in saving the rest of the structure.

During the incident, a firefighter from the Harwood Fire Department brought pictures out of the structure and made sure that they were returned to one of the residents of the home. One firefighter received a minor injury and was treated and released at the scene. The sole resident at home at the time of the fire was not injured.

Hazle Twp. firefighters were assisted by the Harwood Fire Department, Valley Regional Fire and Rescue, Sugarloaf Fire Company, and the Freeland Fire Department. The City of Hazleton Fire Department responded with their Rapid Intervention Team. Lehigh Valley EMS was also on scene to handle any injuries.

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