Mother, daughter escape house fire
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.