A local family was left homeless and two firefighters suffered minor injuries following a blaze at 3 p.m. Monday at 333 W. Central Ave., South Williamsport.
The fire damaged the first and second floors of the home. According to fire officials, the fire spread quickly in part because of high winds. In the process of putting out the flames, firefighters had to cut through the roof with a chain saw and axes.
The family, who has not been identified, suffered no injuries, according to Chief Will Shaffer of the Independent Fire Co.
The two injured firefighters also were not identified. One hurt his ankle and the other suffered abrasions to his foot, according to Shaffer. Both were transported by ambulance to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
According to members of Independent Fire Co., the family will be able to stay with friends or relatives. The American Red Cross was not called to assist.
Investigators from the city Bureau of Fire declined to comment on the cause of the fire or damage estimates as of Monday.
Firefighters on a truck’s ladder Monday afternoon extinguish a burning home on South Side’s West Central Avenue.
Members of the Independent Fire Co. were assisted at the scene by firefighters from the Williamsport Bureau of Fire, Nisbet Volunteer Fire Co., Citizen's Fire Co., First Ward Fire Co., Montgomery Volunteer Fire Co., and Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Co.