HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Firefighters were called to a double-block home on West 3rd Street in Hazleton early Monday morning.
Chief Donald Leshko of the City of Hazleton Fire Department told Eyewitness News, “Our crews arrived and we saw smoke showing from the 940 side of the structure. We immediately got in and had occupants exiting the 938 side. Everybody was out and 940 there were two occupants there.”
One woman was hurt trying to escape her home with her cat and was transported to a nearby hospital.
“I think she was trying to rush to her cat. There was a cat in there but the cat did get out. That’s what she told us. We got her out immediately.” Leshko said.
The fire is believed to have started on the right side of the double-block home.
“Just the fire got into a wall area and ceiling area on the 940 side so we’re trying to get that open. That’s what we’re having a difficult time there with now.”
Crews battled the fire.. while temperatures were in the teens.. making the job more difficult.
“The biggest thing is cold weather. We brought in additional rescuers because of the cold ice and snow. It makes it treacherous for the scene.. and the time of day. It’s a weekday.”
Two families were displaced.. and left in the frigid cold — but the home isn’t a total loss.
“It is repairable. The 938 side is still habitable. They’ll be able to stay there tonight. The 940 side, won’t be the power is cut off to that building and due to the extended damage it’ll need repairs.”
The American Red Cross was called to assist those in need.. and a State Police Fire Marshal is investigating.