Shamokin residents deal with aftermath of destructive fire

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SHAMOKIN, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Three rowhomes are now destroyed and nine people are without a home after a fire broke out in Shamokin.

The fire started around 10:30 Tuesday at 512 Bear Valley Avenue and spread to the homes next door.

At least 75 firefighters responded. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries Tuesday night but all residents escaped safely.

One of the residents whose home was destroyed tells Eyewitness news she is still shaken from the fire.

“I’m angry. I could have lost my kids. Thank God my husband came home when he did,” said Candance Jones, Victim.

Another neighbor’s home has minor smoke damage. She says she can’t have fire insurance because the property where the fire started isn’t up to code.

“We have new siding, new windows a new patio out back but what does that matter if your house is going to go up in flames because somebody else isn’t taking care of their property,” said Wendy Williams, neighbor.

Now residents on Bear Valley Avenue say the property needs to come down.

“I want them to come down, they need to come down,” said Jones.

Fire officials believe the three homes destroyed by the fire will have to be torn down.

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