Mother, daugh­ter es­cape house fire

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By An­drew Scott

A White­hall Town­ship woman and her 3-month-old daugh­ter es­caped un­harmed Tues­day afternoon when a lawn­mower fire dam­aged their house.

The 4:59 p.m. fire was in the 1000 block of Catasauqua Road.

“My daugh­ter was asleep,” said Sarah Fer­nan­dez, who moved with hus­band Ed­win Fer­nan­dez into the multi-fam­ily home last year.

“I smelled some­thing burn­ing, but thought it was a neigh­bor cook­ing,” Fer­nan­dez said. “My neigh­bors came run­ning from across the street and said there was a fire in the back. I grabbed my daugh­ter and ran out of the house.”

Fer­nan­dez handed the baby to a neigh­bor and then ran back into the house to get things for the baby.

Neigh­bors used gar­den hoses on the fire un­til fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

“You do what you can,” said Steve Beil, one of the neigh­bors who helped.

White­hall, Catasauqua and Greenawald­s fire de­part­ments, Cetro­nia Am­bu­lance and White­hall Town­ship po­lice re­sponded to the fire.

“There’s dam­age to the side of the house, back porch and fence, along with some heat dam­age to the sid­ing of a neigh­bor’s house,” White­hall Fire Chief David Nelson said.

The Fer­nan­dez fam­ily planned to stay with Sarah Fer­nan­dez’s mother.

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