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Fire damages W-B Houses on Jan. 26, 2013 and Feb. 6, 2013
Updated On: Feb 10, 2013

Firefighters douse flames, aid pets

Times Leader staff

1:51 am

Wilkes-Barre firefighters make quick work of extinguishing a Logan Street fire on Wednesday, while also assisting some pets that had been inside the building.

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WILKES-BARRE  “ City firefighters battled a blaze at 78 Logan St. on Wednesday afternoon, helping to save and treat the occupant and three dogs and a cat.

Flames erupted in the home's kitchen just before 2 p.m., said Fire Capt. Robert Fannon.

The two occupants escaped and had rescued the three dogs that also lived there. Firefighters later rescued a cat from inside the two-story structure. Medic 5 administered oxygen to the pets, and the occupants took them to Plains Animal Hospital for additional treatment, Fannon said.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was under control within 45 minutes and was contained to the kitchen, which sustained extensive fire, water and smoke damage. The rest of the house sustained smoke and water damage. Utilities are turned off and the house must be repaired before it can be reoccupied, Fannon said.

Maneuvering was "a little tight"? for two larger fire trucks on Logan Street, a narrow roadway off of Coal Street. But the first engine on the scene, a smaller vehicle, had no problem, Fannon said.

The occupants, whom Fannon would not identify, are staying with relatives.

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Fire damages W-B house

MATT HUGHES

2:54 am

WILKES-BARRE :  A dropped cigarette was to blame for a blaze at a North Washington Street row house early Saturday morning, firefighters said.

City firefighters responded at 2:21 a.m. to a fire in second floor bedroom of 297 N. Washington St., the leftmost unit of three connected row homes, said Fire Capt. Robert Fannon.

A tenant told firefighters she dropped a lit cigarette that set a bed sheet and mattress box spring on fire. There was a delay in contacting firefighters, as the tenant and another resident unsuccessfully attempted to put out the fire using buckets of water, Fannon said.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, then opened walls to ensure the fire had been put out completely. The operation was completed at 3:31 a.m.

There were no injuries reported. Fannon said the cause of the fire was ruled accidental.

The American Red Cross chapter is assisting the residents in finding temporary housing, he said.

The unit suffered extensive fire damage to the bedroom, where the fire began, as well as smoke damage to the second and third floors and water damage on the first floor. The center row house at 295 N. Washington St. suffered some water damage to the first floor, while the rightmost property, 293 N. Washington St., was not damaged.

The center unit was occupied, but residents were allowed to return, Fannon said. He was not certain if 293 N. Washington St. was occupied.


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