Firefighters from Nanticoke, Hanover Township, Ashley, Sugar Notch, Plymouth, Newport Township and Edwardsville responded to 186 W. Broad St. at about 9 a.m.
Flames ripped through the roof and windows on the second floor and attic. Adjacent homes at 184 and 188 W. Broad St. were evacuated.
Officer Joseph Kosch said no one was home when he ran onto the porch and banged on the door. Kosch said he was able to open the door and remove two dogs that were “ready to get out,” he said.
Luzerne County property records list the homeowners as Robin and Eduardo Delos Santos. Their two daughters were at school at Greater Nanticoke Area High School at the time of the fire.
A neighbor said firefighters removed an urn from the burning house and gave it to one of the daughters, who had been released from school.
Firefighters used two aerial ladder trucks to reach the flames on the upper floors of the wood-frame house. Most of the fire damage was to the front of the house.
There were no reported injuries.
A state police deputy fire marshal is investigating the cause.