SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Fire investigators are looking for the cause of overnight flames that damaged a Scranton apartment building.
One woman was taken to the hospital — and a firefighter suffered minor injuries — in the fire. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has our story.
Scranton firefighters say it’s one of the toughest calls to get.
Fire in the middle of the night in an occupied apartment building.
This time it was in t he 600-block of Willow Street in South Scranton.
“When we arrived on scene we had heavy fire on the outside of the rear of the structure”
said Jim Floryshak, Assistant Fire Chief, Scranton Fire Department
A total of nine people live in the building.
Eight of them were home.
They were all able to get out safely — but one woman was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Octavio Collado owns the building.
“Nobody ever really prepares for something like this but you always try to think of all the possible emergencies that could arise when you own a property like this” Said Collado,
Scranton’s Assistant Fire Chief says immediately after getting the fire knocked down in the back of the building his team went inside to make sure no one was trapped.
“The fact that it’s a multi-family dwelling, a very large building with advanced fire conditions on arrival made it a very, very difficult job” noted Floryshak
While the apartment building has fire, smoke and water damage the owner is hoping to be able to repair it.
“I would have to wait for the insurance company to come in and let them make them make their assessment and see where we go from there” added Collado/
At this time we don’t know the condition of the woman taken to the hospital.
The American Red Cross is now helping out all of the fire victims.