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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Firefighters Battle Fire At South Side Easton Home

Firefighters were dispatched when a fire started in a South Side Easton, Pennsylvania two-story home Friday evening, at 7:50 p.m., at 1074 W. Wilkes-Barre St. The structural fire forced an evacuation and badly damaged the second floor.

Easton station 20 was dispatched at 19:53 hours for a reported house fire with possible entrapment at 1074 W. Wilkes-Barre Street. Arrival of the first due engine reported fire in the eaves of a 2.5-story duplex. A woman was reported to be in the home when the fire started, but was out by the the time firefighters arrived. The fire attack went defensive shortly after arrival.

"Everything just exploded out," said Smith, who lives next to 1072 and 1074 W. Wilkes Barre St. in Easton.

Firefighters from at least three communities -- Easton, Wilson Borough and Bethlehem -- responded while Palmer Township covered Easton's Central Fire Station and Forks Township covered the College Hill station.

Easton Deputy Fire Chief John Price reported, Firefighters were sent into the building at first but were ordered out because it wasn't safe. It wasn't until almost 10 p.m. that flames were no longer visible from outside the home.

No one was injured but the fire burned so hot that the home's windows exploded.

Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr., who lives on South Side was at the scene of the fire and said, “That’s the most important thing. Buildings can be replaced, people can’t.”

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

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