Coroner called to scene of Scranton blaze

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A man is dead after a home in West Scranton went up in flames.

The Lackawanna County coroner was called to the scene of a fire that erupted in Scranton Thursday afternoon. The coroner has confirmed one person, a male, has died.

The call came in just before 3 p.m. in the 1400 block of Amherst Street. Smoke could be seen for blocks as fire crews battled the flames.

Neighbors who were there say they’ll never forget those tense moments. Martin Pupalitis says he was in his yard with his dog when he heard a loud boom.

“I ran up toward the sound. I could see smoke and flames coming from the house that was on fire,” Pupalitis said.

The home on Amherst Street was fully engulfed heavy flames were seen shooting from the home.

“My first thought was to go in and see if there was any kids or anything in there. But as I got close, the flames and the heat were so intense that there was no way anybody could go back in,” Pupalitis said.

Smoke could be seen from miles away as firefighters worked to contain the fire. Two homes were involved.

“I was seeing the next house burning with the smoke coming up through there, so I knew that house was gone,” neighbor Carlyle Grathwaite said.

Just before 5 p.m. The coroner was called to the scene. He confirmed one person, a man, was dead.

“It was just a sad situation. I mean, there’s people running around, ‘where’s this one? Where’s that one?’ because I think there was more than one family in there, I’m not sure. It was a sad situation,” Pupalitis said.

Officials have not yet confirmed what caused the fire.

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