Crews respond to house fire in Scranton

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — UPDATE: According to a press release from the Scranton Fire Department, the cause of the fire has been listed as undeterminable due to extensive damage to the third floor.

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Crews responded to a house fire in the 700 block of Birch Street in Scranton Monday afternoon.

The call for the fire came in around 12:30 p.m. Flames and heavy smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the structure.

Everyone in the home made it out safely and there have not been any reports of injuries. The fire chief tells Eyewitness News the flames were confined to the upper floor of the three-story home and it burned away a section of the roof.

A resident tells Eyewitness News the building was without heat and a plumber was working on the furnace prior to the fire. The plumber working to repair the furnace spoke to Eyewitness News.

“It ran but it was going out. So I went to get a new flame sensor. I shut the gas off, shut the power off, took the fuse out, ran to get a part, came back and the upstairs is burning,” plumber Larry Huddy said.

“There’s pretty extensive damage on the third floor, so until we’re able to actually get in there and inspectors are able to dig it out, it’s just going to be undetermined until they have a cause that they’re comfortable with,” Scranton Fire Department Chief John Judge said.

The third floor is gutted. The lower floors have extensive smoke and water damage. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

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