House fire leaves 2 homeless in city

IOANNIS PASHAKIS/Sun-Gazette A city firefighter inspects the burned out attic of a home at 932 Mary St. The fire was brought under control around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Two city residents were left homeless Monday night after flames shot out of the attic of their 932 Mary St. home.

The fire, which began at around 9 p.m., was contained to the front of the attic, as local firefighters quickly knocked the second alarm fire down in 20 minutes.

There were two individuals living in the home, according to Williamsport Borough of Fire chief Todd Heckman.

While the fire was kept in the attic, the family will still be unable to move back in and stayed in the Genetti hotel overnight.

“There was water damage throughout,” Heckman said, adding that over 500 gallons of water were used to kill the flames before they could spread to the rest of the home.

After the fire was put out, the owner’s cat crept from the backyard where it had been hiding during the ordeal.

The cause of the fire still is under investigation.

A number of local fire departments assisted with the blaze.