Heavy Fire Damages Hazle Twp. Home Right Before Christmas
By DAVID BUTCHER, Correspondent | December 19, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA
Story No. 123020100
Photo by Hazle Township Fire and RescueHeavy fire roaring out of the second floor of the house at 2538 Christine Road on 12/19/20.
Photo by Hazle Township Fire and RescueFire showing over the roof of 2538 Christine Road on Saturday, 12/19/20.
Photo by Dave W Butcher/Engine 72 PhotographyFirefighters exit the structure after an aggressive knock down of the fire.
Photo by Dave W. Butcher/Engine 72 PhotographyLight smoke and steam showing after Hazle Twp. Firefighters make an aggressive fire attack.
Photo by Dave W. Butcher/Engine 72 PhotographyValley Regional Firefighters enter the structure to continue overhaul at 2538 Christine Road in Hazle Twp.
Photo by Dave W. Butcher/Engine 72 PhotographyValley Regional Firefighters at the scene of a structure fire on Saturday, 12/19/20.
Photo by Dave W. Butcher/Engine 72 PhotographyA Harwood Fire Department Firefighter inside the structure at 2538 Christine Road in Hazle Twp..
Photo by Dave W. Butcher/Engine 72 PhotographyHazle Twp. Firefighters and Deputy Fire Chief Jason Zoshak outside the fire at 2835 Christine Road in the Ridgewood section of Hazle Twp.
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.
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