SHAMOKIN — A second alarm fire at 39 S. Seventh St. was contained to the second floor and attic thanks to a quick response from firefighters late Friday afternoon.
The call went out at 4:47 p.m. for a working structure fire The second floor was already engulfed in flames which shot from the front windows of the home when firefighters arrived.
The closest fire hydrant was located nearly a block away and hoses were hooked up as far away as the corner of Chestnut and Eighth streets, two blocks up from the structure.
Assistant Chief Bruce Rogers said he was unsure if anyone was home when the fire began, but when he arrived people were standing outside. A woman was emotional as firefighters began making entry into the home with hoses.
Hoses were dragged up the porch steps and into the first floor to access the flames on the second floor. Rogers commended them for their aggressive interior attack, which saw the flames knocked down shortly before 5:15 p.m.
Windows were smashed out on the second floor by firefighters as they continued dousing the interior with water.
As smoke continued to exit the windows, flames were spotted coming from the front eaves of the home. Firefighters climbed to the porch roof to begin tearing them down as others climbed the ladder truck with chainsaws to cut holes through the main roof.
The fire was prevented from spreading to neighboring 41 S. Seventh St. However, the heat from the flames melted siding on the home and firefighters had opened the door to air out smoke.
Fire departments from Shamokin, Coal Township, Overlook and Atlas responded to the fire. Rogers extended thanks to the mutual aid who assisted in the quick response.
City fire investigator Raymond Siko II was called to scene and will release information upon completion of the investigation.