One killed, more than 100 displaced in high-rise apartment fire

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — One person was killed after a fire broke out in an apartment building in Scranton Sunday night.

The call came in around 8:30 p.m. for a fire on the sixth floor of the United House Apartments building on the 500 block of Pine Street. The fire was contained to the sixth floor.

A 62 year old man was pulled from the fire and taken to Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. His identity has not yet been released.

Firefighters rescued a second person from the building. Their condition is unknown.

All 90 apartments were evacuated. 104 people are now displaced. The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter for those displaced at Scranton High School. Eyewitness News was told about 40 people are staying at the shelter Monday morning.

Firefighters are assessing the extent of the damage. The Red Cross is also on scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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