Officials looking for cause of row home fire in Mahanoy City

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MAHANOY CITY, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A group of row homes caught fire in Mahanoy City and now more than a half dozen people are searching for a new place to live.

A fire broke out in a home in the 600 block of East Mahanoy Street around 9:40 Wednesday morning.
The Mahanoy City fire chief says that fire quickly spread to neighboring homes on the block.

“The first crew was already in there and reported the fire was already beyond the first house and started to go eastward. So that’s when we focused on stopping it from spreading in both directions,” said Chief Daniel Markiewicz, Mahanoy City Fire Department.

Officials say the fire started on the first-floor kitchen of 632 East Mahanoy Street, heavy smoke and flames could be seen as at least 10 crews responded to the scene

“I’ve seen fires in this town take out the whole block,” said Grace Walters, a neighbor.

Walters lives two doors down from where the fire started. She was working from home when she says she smelled smoke. Around 9:30 Wednesday morning.

“When I went out to the backyard smoke was just seeping through the second-story roof,” said Walters.

Walters neighbors weren’t home at the time of the fire so walters and her daughter called 911.

“And then they have a, they had a dog and my husband tried to get in the house to get the dog, but emergency was here then and wouldn’t let him near it,” said Walters.

Officials say that dog died in the fire. No other injuries were reported.

As of this afternoon, the Walters family wasn’t allowed back inside their home. At least 7 people are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Fire chief Markiewicz says row home fires aren’t predictable.

“You never know what you’re gonna find in a row home people just go right over the old material when they’re renovating and that makes it tough,” said Cheif Markiewicz.

There is no word on how that Schuylkill County fire started. A state police fire marshal is looking into the cause.

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