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House Fire Spreads to Three More Downtown

Poor Water Mains Call For Tanker Shuttle

Updated 9 am Thursday:  Additional video added.  Scroll down.

A DOUBLE-HOUSE IN MT. CARMEL, PENNSYLVANIA, caught fire Wednesday morning and it spread to two others before it was knocked down.

Scicchitano photo

The Mt. Carmel firefighters were called out at 8:17 am and found fire showing in the 3-story shotgun duplex.  A second alarm was immediately struck.  It is believed to have started in the basement but it quickly went up to the top floor and into the roof where it then spread to at least three other houses.

The fire was discovered when a resident found that a wall was very hot.  When she chopped a hole in the wall with a claw hammer, she saw the flames and left.

Hoffman photo

The fire was out at 10:40 am after 10 fire companies from Northumberland County assisted.  There was a severe water problem in town's mains and hydrants which generated a 3rd- and 4th-alarm to set up a tanker shuttle.

mcfdtv has posted some raw video:

 

Three of the houses were heavily damaged and the fourth had water damage.  As of this afternoon the fire marshal had not yet determined the cause.

Read more in The News Item HERE.
WNEP-TV has MORE and also posted some raw video:

 

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