2 in­jured in fire in Shenan­doah

Fire of­fi­cial says house was sup­posed to be va­cant; peo­ple may have been squat­ters

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY FRANK ANDRUSCAVAGE Staff Writer

SHENAN­DOAH — Two peo­ple were in­jured, one se­ri­ously, when a va­cant home they were in­side caught fire Satur­day morn­ing.

The blaze in the 300 block of East Cen­tre Street left a to­tal of five peo­ple in two ad­join­ing build­ings home­less.

Fire­fight­ers were called just af­ter 10 a. m. for a re­port of a house fire and, while re­spond­ing, were told by po­lice there was heavy smoke and fire com­ing from the rear of the 326 E. Cen­tre St. house.

Shenan­doah Fire Mar­shal Rick Ex­am­i­tas said the fire started in that home and spread through the build­ing and into an at­tached struc­ture at 324 E. Cen­tre St.

A third home was also dam­aged. The 326 E. Cen­tre St. home was un­oc­cu­pied, had no elec­tric­ity and was clearly marked by the bor­ough code en­force­ment of­fi­cer as “un­fit for habi­ta­tion,” he said.

Ex­am­i­tas said a man and woman were in­side the 326 E. Cen­tre St. build­ing when the fire started. He said the man suf­fered se­ri­ous burns and was taken by Shenan­doah EMS to the Le­high Val­ley Hospi­tal Burn Unit near Al­len­town. The woman was taken to Geisinger Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Danville, by Mahanoy City EMS for treat­ment of in­juries she suf­fered while jump­ing off a roof, Ex­am­i­tas said.

He said the names of the in­jured man and woman are be­ing with­held un­til their fam­i­lies are no­ti­fied.

“No­body was sup­posed to be in there,” he said. “Ap­par­ently they were squat­ters.”

from page a1 An­thony and Tracey Ste­fanacav­age, who lived at 324 E. Cen­tre St., were left home­less by the fire and were be­ing as­sisted by the Amer­i­can Red Cross

Al­fredo and Maria Robert and their three chil­dren, who live at 330 E. Cen­tre St., a de­tached home, are also be­ing as­sisted by the Red Cross. That home, Ex­am­i­tas said, sus­tained smoke and mi­nor ex­te­rior dam­age.

He added that state po­lice fire mar­shal Trooper John F. Burns of the Frackville sta­tion is as­sist­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Exam it as said that al­though it has been de­ter- mined the fire orig­i­nated in a mid­dle, first- floor room, the ex­act cause re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In ad­di­tion to all Shenan­doah fire com­pa­nies, fire­fight­ers from Mahanoy City, Shenan­doah Heights, En­gle­wood and Ring­town re­sponded to the fire along with the Pottsville Fire Depart­ment Rapid In­ter­ven­tion Team.

Crews worked for about an hour and a half to bring the fire un­der con­trol.

Ash­land EMS, Shenan­doah po­lice and Shenan­doah fire po­lice also as­sisted at the scene.

Frank ANDRUSCAVAGE / Staff Writer

Flames shoot through the roof of a home in the 300 block of East Cen­tre Street on Satur­day in Shenan­doah. Two peo­ple were in­jured in the fire that started in a va­cant house at 326 E. Cen­tre St., ac­cord­ing to a bor­ough fire of­fi­cial.

Fire­fight­ers pre­pare to bat­tle a fire at 326 E. Cen­tre St., Shenan­doah. The fire spread to the at­tached home at 324 E. Cen­tre St., and smoke and mi­nor dam­age was re­ported at 330 E. Cen­tre St.

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