Firefighters

Firefighters respond to an apartment fire Wednesday afternoon above Belski Community Pharmacy, 49 S. Oak St., Mount Carmel. No injuries were reported and tenants in two occupied apartments were able to return to their residences.

MOUNT CARMEL — No injuries were reported in a fire Wednesday afternoon that caused minor damage to an apartment above Belski Community Pharmacy, 49 S. Oak St.

Mount Carmel, Atlas and Shamokin firefighters were pressed into service at 1:30 p.m. when flames reportedly broke out in the kitchen area of a second-floor apartment inhabited by Sonia Cosme, who was working at the Dollar General store in Danville at the time.

Hank Dorkoski, who lives in another apartment on the second floor, was sleeping before being awaken by Laurel Scicchitano, a pharmacist at Belski Community Pharmacy who helped escort Dorkoski from the building.

Mount Carmel Township Patrolman Daniel Politza and Mount Carmel Lt. David Donkochik were the first emergency personnel to respond and doused the fire with fire extinguishers before firefighters arrived and completely suppressed the fire and smoke.

Mount Carmel Fire Chief Jim Reed said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. He said only minor damage was reported to Cosme’s apartment.

The apartment building and Belski Community Pharmacy are owned by Deb Mekosh.

Reed commended the police officers and firefighters for preventing further damage.

Cosme and Dorkoski were able to return to their apartments.

Fire personnel remained at the scene until 2:46 p.m.

Mekosh and her staff thanked all the firefighters and police who assisted at the scene and kept damage to a minimum.

The pharmacy was closed as a result of the fire, but is scheduled to reopen this morning.

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