Firefighters contain Monday blaze to room

Published: 1/11/2017 11:00 AM
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Editor’s note: Rerunning due to printing error.

By Sarah DeSantis

SHAMOKIN — A fire that broke out shortly before 9 a.m. Monday at 28 S. Franklin St. was contained by firefighters to a single room.

Patrolman Ray Siko II, city fire investigator, said the fire began along the floor and wall between the kitchen and an enclosed porch/mud room area added on to the rear of the house.

The cause is still under investigation but it is not considered suspicious, he said.

According to fire Chief Jason Zimmerman, one of the occupants, Stacy Kays, saw smoke and got a two-year-old child, Kayden Conkoin, to safety. Other residents Shawn Conkoin and children Devin Kays, 5, Isaiah Conkoin, 9, Karissa Waters, 5, and Ryan Waters, 5, were not home at the time, Siko said.

All six companies from the Shamokin Fire Bureau responded and quickly knocked down the fire, resulting in damage only to that room, said Zimmerman.

“They’re able to live in there,” said Zimmerman said of the family. “I think they’re going to stay there.”

The family was renting the home and did not have insurance. Property owner Eric Sias, of New Jersey, was insured, said Siko.

Responding units were routed to narrow alleyways due to partial shutdown of Shamokin Street because of roadwork.

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