After discovering a fire in his basement early Sunday morning, an elderly city man safely escaped his Malvern Place home, city fire officials said.
"He's a very lucky man to get out when he did," a firefighter said of Francis Cummings, who has been temporarily displaced after the fire caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to his home at 1735 Malvern Place.
Cummings awoke to find his bathroom filling up with smoke about 5 a.m., fire officials said. When he went down to his basement, flames were lapping the ceiling in one corner of the house.
He called 911 and immediately got out of the structure. Once on the scene, firefighters had the fire extinguished "in a matter of minutes," city fire Platoon Chief Eric Smith said.
Investigators said the cause of the fire remains under investigation. Nothing appeared suspicious about it, they said.
Cummings, who could be back in his house by the end of the week if an electrician can restore service in a matter of days, is staying with a relative.
Concerning another fire, Montoursville and area volunteer firefighters responded to the Fairfield Trailer Center, 4760 Lycoming Mall Drive, to extinguish a chimney fire about 9:15 a.m. Sunday.