2 injured in fire in Shenandoah
Fire official says house was supposed to be vacant; people may have been squatters
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.
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.