SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — New details are surfacing about a fierce fatal fire in Scranton. We now know the name of the victim, but there are a lot of questions surrounding the fire.
The Lackawanna County Coroner confirms that 44-year-old Christopher Havir died this morning in the fire.
What we still don’t know is how he died or how the fire started. We spoke to neighbors who say they’re shaken up.
Smoke could be seen for miles pouring out of a home Friday morning in Scranton’s Hill section. The smoke billowed into Laura Grosvenor’s backyard.
“I came out and you couldn’t see a darn thing, it was so smoky. The smoke was bad,” explained Grosvenor.
Fire engulfed the two-story home on the one-thousand block of ash street around 6:30 a.m.
This is where Christopher Havir lived and died.
Dhwani Brahmbhatt lives in the house next door and overheard the commotion while she was cooking breakfast with her family.
“It was so horrible. We couldn’t express in words how scary,” stated Brahmbhatt.
Brahmbhatt says witnessing the fire so close to home was one of the most horrific experiences of her life.
Firefighters spent hours on the scene putting out the last of the flames.
“I was watching the fire brigadiers working so hard, and I appreciate their hard work. I appreciate our Scranton cops that they made good decisions and they were so alert and they were so responsible,” explained Brahmbhatt.
While Brahmbhatt didn’t know her neighbor too well, she says she’s praying for his family.
“I feel so merciful about that man who died in this situation, and I pray to them, to god, that nobody could ever face this kind of situation,” expressed Brahmbhatt.
Eyewitness News has been in contact with Scranton Fire Chief John Judge throughout the day. He tells me the fire investigation is ongoing and the cause remains undetermined.