TAMAQUA, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Two fires broke out back to back in Tamaqua creating quite the battle for first responders.
A blaze ripped through an apartment in Tamaqua where about half a dozen people needed to be rescued. Neighbors held their breath as they witnessed firefighters save seven people from a side roof as the building was burning down.
Neighbors watched as clouds of smoke filled the air and flames consumed an apartment on West Broad Street. To make matters worse, people were still inside as flames ripped through the building. Fortunately, first responders successfully pulled all seven people including a child from the side roof.
No one was reported injured but the child was brought to a hospital to be checked out. Investigators are on scene still trying to determine the cause but neighbors are relieved that everyone was able to get everyone out safely.
“I heard a lot of sirens, the dog started barking and then we saw a lot of smoke coming out. A lot of black smoke. Then we witnessed a fire truck come down and save five people, grabbing a baby,” neighbor Donatella Mastrangello said.
“I was worried about the children that lived in the apartment building but everybody got out safe. I was worried about the people that lives upstairs,” neighbor Vicki Martin said.
At least a dozen fire crews were on scene. Many were battling a different fire in the borough before responding to this one.
“It’s very difficult. I mean one call is stressful enough as you’re coming into it. But our officers at the first call had everything under control. So we’re lucky enough to send other officers over here to take control of this one,” Tamaqua Assistant Chief David Price said.