Schuylkill County homes leveled by fire


DELANO TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Smoke filled the air as firefighters sprayed water from all directions trying to put out the flames in two houses in Delano Township.

“My Godson Gavin yelling for help, and he crawled out his bedroom window and had to jump off the roof,” said Jacob Souchak, whose mother’s house burned in the fire.

Jacob Souchak’s godson made it out if the house on Trenton Road with minimal injury but the family home burned to the ground. The fire also spread and destroyed the next door duplex where Souchak’s mom and sister lived.

“That was my life for the last 40 something years you know in that house. And I loved my house so it was devastating in that way because everybody was out,” said Cheryl Souchak, whose house was destroyed in the fire.

Nearly a dozen units worked together but man power was still spread thin because crews were also dealing with a fire in Girardville. A historic building on East Mahanoy Avenue caught fire. Responders were able to knock it out quickly.

“We released the fire companies that were on that side of Delano so that they could assistr over there, again if this fire had taken off that would have not happened,” said Chief Frank Zangari.

Providing more support to a family in Delano Township who lost everything but hope.

“You know bad things happen, but through it all, maybe good things, a lot of good things will happen I’m sure,” said Cheryl Souchak.

The cause of the Delano Township fires is unknown at this time.

At least seven people are displaced. They are receiving help from the American Red Cross.

The cause of the fire in Girardville was electrical related.

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