HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— Officials said nine people have been displaced after a fire has made a building a “complete loss.”
According to the Hazleton Fire Department, the fire began around 8:43 p.m. Friday night on the 100 block of East Broad Street, just two buildings down from Jimmy’s Quick Lunch.
Investigators said the building was a “multi-service building” with a pawn shop on the first floor and apartments above.
Upon arriving on the scene, first responders found one resident at the back of the building. All other residents were able to evacuate safely with no injuries.
The Chief of the Hazleton Fire Department told Eyewitness News the fire rapidly spread to the second and third floors. Due to this, first responders had to evacuate the building at 9:30 p.m.
Once the fire calmed down, the chief said firefighters were able to re-enter the building and attack the hotspots.
Officials said the building was evaluated by a building inspector and has been considered a complete loss.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but the chief said there was nothing suspicious about the fire.
The Hazleton Fire Department and a PSP Fire Marshal are currently investigating the cause.
The Red Cross said nine people living in the residence have been displaced.
The Lehigh Valley Health Center was on scene to help provide medical assistance if needed. McAdoo, Hazle Township, and West Hazleton Fire Departments were called to assist.
Thankfully, no one involved was injured.