Smoke alarms alerted family to a fire in Scott Street home

For the third time in eight days, city firefighters battled a two-alarm fire early Monday morning that left people homeless.

Working smoke alarms alerted a mother and her two children to a fire in their home at 1605 Scott St., fire officials said.

The occupants, whose names were not available, were already safely out of the home when firefighters arrived about 2:50 a.m. Although there was nothing visible when they pulled up, they found heavy smoke inside the house.

The initial crew donned self-contained breathing apparatus and stretched hoses through the front door.

“Fire was in the basement and spread on all floors to the attic through the walls” a fire officer said. The bulk of the fire was knocked down within an hour with the help of additional crews from Old Lycoming Township and Montoursville.

There were no reports of injuries, and the local chapter of the American Red Cross was assisting the displaced family.

The home sustained heavy smoke and water damage. The mother rented the property, and officials did not release the identity of the property owner.

The cause of this fire remains under investigation as does Friday’s late-afternoon blaze at a two-unit apartment building at 645 Campbell St. that left five people homeless.

The entire structure was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived just before 5 p.m. No one was in the building at the time of the fire.

Fire officials are listing the cause of the April 5 fire at a rowhouse at 621 Lloyd St. as accidental, but no other specific details were released. Six people were left homeless that damaged three of eight units.

City fire officials are also investigating two porch fires that occurred a little more than two hours apart on Thursday night. The first fire occurred at 2500 W. Fourth St. at 6:20 p.m. while the second one happened at 2116 Newberry St. about 8:50 p.m.

No other information was released Monday concerning Saturday night’s house explosion in the 3500 block of Linn Street in Lycoming Township that sent a man to the Lehigh Valley Hospital with traumatic injuries. His identity and the woman left homeless by the fire have not been released. The woman was not injured.


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