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One hospitalized after Williamsport Manor fire

One resident of the Williamsport Manor Apartments remained hospitalized following Wednesday night’s fire that erupted in the kitchen of his fifth-floor apartment, according to fire and apartment house officials.

The fire occurred about 9:15 p.m., triggering the building’s alarm system.

“A man came to my door and said there was fire (in his apartment),” said another fifth-floor tenant, a woman who did not give her name. “I called 9-1-1,” she said.

City firefighters were already on their way since the alarm had been activated.

The man, whose identity was not released, was initially treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, “but towards the end of the fire, we were able to convince him to go to the hospital,” city Deputy Fire Chief David Dymeck said Thursday morning.

One city firefighter was treated at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for heat exhaustion and released.

“The firefighters were absolutely wonderful,” Jodi Clarkson, manager of the five-story apartment building which houses 105 residents, said.

A team of city police officers along with several city and volunteer firefighters helped many of the residents out of the building either by assisting them down the flights of stairs or, in a few cases, carrying them out.

The fire was confined to the kitchen, but the entire apartment will have to be refurbished before it is habitable, Clarkson said.

The tenant who lived in that apartment had moved in just in the last two weeks, she said.

Clarkson said Williamsport Manor is providing temporary emergency housing for three other tenants who were not able to return to their apartments Wednesday night.

She said those three tenants should all be able to return to their apartments in a matter of days. Maintenance employees are working to get the rooms dried out from the water that was used to put out the fire.

There is nothing suspicious about the fire, but the cause remains under investigation, Dymeck said.

In other fire news, five people are displaced and the Broadway Hotel in Jersey Shore is closed following a fire that was discovered in the basement of the establishment at 120 S. Broad St. about 1:40 a.m. Thursday, according to borough fire officials.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross was providing assistance to the tenants who lived on the upper two floors.

There were no reports of injuries. Damage was estimated at about $20,000, fire officials said.

A state police fire marshal and the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department are working together to determine the cause of the fire.

Concerning a third incident, volunteer firefighters from Woodward and Old Lycoming Townships responded to the 500 block of Turkey Path Road in Anthony Township to extinguish a vehicle fire about 2 p.m. Thursday.