Crews battle house fire in Swoyersville

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SWOYERSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Firefighters battled a house fire Monday morning in Luzerne County. No one was injured, but officials on scene say it could have been a lot worse if one of the homeowner didn’t get herself out in time.

The house on LaBar Street is a total loss but her quick thinking got her out safely.

“As I was approaching the scene I observed a lot of smoke. I arrived on scene and observed there was a lot of fire coming from the residence,” said Patrolman Andrew LaBar, with the Swoyersville Police Dept.

Heavy smoke and flames ripped the home Monday morning. First on scene, Patrolman LaBar was told by neighbors a woman might still be inside.

“We tried gaining entry through the garage by breaking the windows and unlocking it and after the garage was open, the smoke and the heat… We just couldn’t enter the residence,” he explained.

Thankfully, the woman got out of her home on her own before officials arrived. Neighbors and family told Eyewitness News the homeowner smelt plastic. When she went to investigate she was surrounded by smoke and forced to feel her way out of the home, before she escaped to a neighbor’s house.

Swoyersville Fire Chief Marty Mahon says the home is a total loss.

“When you look at it, the second floor is just as charred as the basement.”

Firefighters on scene determined the fire to be accidental and most likely electrical. They say it started in the lower lever of home near some appliances including a treadmill. It took firefighters nearly two hours to get the structure under control. The extra manpower helped.

“We work with multiple departments. We have departments from Kingston, Forty Fort, Swoyersville, Hanover Township’s here with their RIT team. So, it helps to have multiple departments come in on the initial alarm,” said Mahon.

The homeowner lived in the home for 35 years.

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