Firefighters venting roof

Firefighters pulled down rain gutters from the home at 39 S. Seventh St., Shamokin, as others cut holes through the roof to vent the smoke caused by a second alarm fire late Friday afternoon.

SHAMOKIN — A second-alarm fire that burned through the second floor and attic of a home at 39 S. Seventh St. Friday afternoon is not believed to be suspicious, city fire investigator Raymond Siko II said Saturday, but he hasn’t yet identified a cause.

Siko confirmed the fire started in a second floor bedroom at the front of the house, owned by Charles Johns, where flames were shooting from the windows when firefighters arrived shortly before 5 p.m.

A 14-year-old boy was in the home at the time and sustained minor burns to his fingertips trying to extinguish the fire. He was treated on scene and refused transport to a hospital for further evaluation, Siko said.

Firefighters entered the home through the first floor with fire hoses and conducted an interior attack, preventing the fire from spreading to the first floor. The first floor, however, did sustain water and smoke damage.

Firefighters smashed windows out on the second floor and cut holes in the roof to vent the home. They contained the fire to 39 S. Seventh, but flames shooting out windows caused siding to melt on neighboring 41 S. Seventh St.

Siko said he has an idea as to the cause of the fire, but won’t release further details until the investigation is completed.

Assisting on scene were Shamokin, Coal Township, Atlas and Overlook fire departments.

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