SHAMOKIN — A fire shortly before 4 a.m. damaged the former City Luncheonette and Billiards at 38 N. Market St.
Heavy smoke was visible coming from the vacant building upon the arrival of firefighters. Fire broke out of the side of the former business as smoke filled a rear-attached cinder block two-story building containing two apartments.
Several residents were helped out of their homes with at least two being treated at the scene. The victims appeared to be alert as they were helped from a home on North Coal Street to ambulances parked nearby.
Firefighters worked from inside the former business to prevent flames from entering the apartment building where crews were executing a search to ensure all residents were out.
It took less than 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.
“It was a pretty well advanced fire,” Assistant Chief Bruce Rogers said.
Smoke also entered 44 N. Market St., a three-story building next to the Luncheonette, which is occupied by Manney Chiropractic Clinic.
Firefighters who responded to the two-alarm fire began to leave the scene at around 5 a.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.