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House Fire Spreads to Two Others

Extended Through Attic Vents

THREE HOMES IN MOUNT CARMEL, Pennsylvania, were heavily damaged Tuesday night when a fire in one of them spread to the homes on each side.  The fire was reported around 6:20 pm and firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke showing and fire showing at the rear of the address.

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The Shamokin News Item reports:

Mount Carmel Borough Fire Chief James Reed said that once the blaze hit the attic, it moved horizontally into the attics of adjoining structures at both 445 and 449 E. Center St.

"At that point, we worked to vent the structure, to get the fire contained so we could put it out," the chief said.

While flames shot from the roof at 449 E. Center St., Mount Carmel firefighters worked to cut holes in the side of the home to keep the flames from spreading into the walls.

"We worked very aggressively getting this blaze out," Reed said. "You never want to play catch-up with a fire like this."

A Second Alarm Call Brought Plenty of Help
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The blaze was under control in less than an hour and was out by 8 p.m.

Reed said Tuesday night it was too early to determine an origin or cause. The second and third floors of 445 and 447 E. Center St., a three-story double home, suffered major damage; so did the second floor of the home at 449 E. Center St.

The full story in the News Item is HERE.

Hat tip:  Carmine S.

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