Em­maus fire dis­places 5 peo­ple, dog

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By An­drew Scott Morn­ing Call re­porter An­drew Scott can be reached at 610-820-6508 or as­cott @mcall.com.

A Thurs­day night house fire in Em­maus dis­placed five peo­ple and a dog.

No res­i­dents were hurt in the fire re­ported at 10:40 p.m. in the 100 block of South Se­cond Street, but a fire­fighter was treated for smoke in­hala­tion at the hos­pi­tal, fire of­fi­cials said.

The fire started and was con­tained in the base­ment on one side of the du­plex, ac­cord­ing to Em­maus fire Chief John Price and West Sal­is­bury Town­ship fire Chief Joshua Wells.

“I was on my couch in my liv­ing room when smoke started com­ing through the wall (from the other side of the du­plex where the fire started),” oc­cu­pant Alex Pobuda said. “I pulled the couch away from the wall and more smoke bil­lowed out.”

Pobuda woke girl­friend Jes­sica Bar­berry out of bed and they both got out safely.

“We saw the neigh­bors on the other side made it out,” Pobuda said. “That’s when a cop came around the corner and saw the smoke.”

The fire was called in and fire trucks from mul­ti­ple com­pa­nies be­gan ar­riv­ing within min­utes.

“It was a re­ally great re­sponse,” Pobuda said.

The oc­cu­pants on the other side of the du­plex in­cluded a cou­ple and their dog. The cou­ple de­clined to give their names, but said they got out when they no­ticed the smoke. A woman said her cat was missing.

On scene were Em­maus, West Sal­is­bury Town­ship, East Sal­is­bury Town­ship, Lower Ma­cungie Town­ship, Al­bur­tis, Wescosvill­e, Greenawald­s and Wood­lawn fire de­part­ments, Em­maus and Ma­cungie am­bu­lances and Em­maus po­lice.

The Red Cross was con­tacted to help the dis­placed res­i­dents. Price, who is also a fire mar­shal, is in­ves­ti­gat­ing to de­ter­mine how the fire started.

AN­DREW SCOTT/THE MORN­ING CALL

A Thurs­day night house fire in Em­maus dis­placed five peo­ple and a dog.

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