Fire Investigators Search for Cause of Scranton Blaze

By Eyewitness News , Eric Deabill |, Nick Hughes |

Published 06/25 2014 05:27PM

Updated 06/25 2014 06:23PM

Scranton, Lackawanna County-The search for the cause of a large fire that destroyed an apartment building and heavily damaged a neighboring home is underway in Scranton.

A total of 11 people were forced out by the flames.

The fire was quite a sight in the 1600-block of Church Avenue in North Scranton.

Fire crews believe the flames started in the area between the apartment buildind and another home, in the area of a staircase and that has people living in the area concerned.

Terry Miller returned to his apartment building Wednesday morning in North Scranton but there isn't much left.

"It was a tough night. I didn't get much sleep last night," Miller said.

Miller had just left his apartment around 9:00 PM to go to a nearby store and when he came back, his apartment building was in flames.

"I have old pictures and I just went out and bought a brand new TV, a flat-screen TV, well that's destroyed," Miller said.

Wednesday morning, Scranton fire inspectors returned to the scene.

They believe the blaze started between the apartment building and a neighboring home which also suffered a lot of damage.

Neighbors say they heard a loud pop right before the fire started.

"I was about to go in the shower and put the kids to sleep and we heard a loud noise and we went outside and the whole side of the house was on fire," neighbor Vincent Quiles said.

Many neighbors say they've been worried that something like Tuesday night's fire was going to happen.

"There's been always a lot of trouble in this house," neighbor Erin Baldwin said. "It's been an ongoing issue for years that there's been trouble in here and I'm a little not surprised."

Some neighbors didn't want to talk about what they have witnessed but others say people often make quick stops and they have alerted police in the past.

"There's rumored drug activity, some of the neighbors have found drug items laying on the sidewalk. The police have been out numerous times," neighbor Lawrence Sykes said.

Scranton's fire chief says no one was hurt in the fire and he believes the apartment building will most likely have to be torn down because of all the damage.

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