WILKES-BARRE — Six people escaped a fire that damaged two homes on Maxwell Street early Wednesday morning.
Assistant Fire Chief Alan Klapat said firefighters were dispatched to 36 and 38 Maxwell St. just before 4 a.m.
One occupant inside 36 and four occupants in 38 managed to escape without injury, Klapat said.
Klapat said a smoke alarm in 38 Maxwell St. alerted the occupants to the fire. The alarm was still sounding when a reporter was at the scene at 8 a.m.
The two homes are two feet apart separated by a sidewalk.
Firefighters cut holes in the roofs and smashed all the second-floor windows of the two houses to ventilate heat and smoke. They also prevented flames from spreading to a neighboring house at 40 Maxwell St.
Broken glass and debris littered the sidewalk and street directly in front of the two houses.
Luzerne County property records list Kevin Brown as owner of 36 Maxwell St. and Carlos DeLeon, of Mountain Top, as owner of 38 Maxwell St.
Brown and DeLeon could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
It is the second time a fire has impacted DeLeon.
His restaurant, La Tolteca on Mundy Street, was damaged by flames on April 28, 2013. The restaurant underwent extensive renovations after the fire and reopened on Nov. 16.
Klapat said he could not say where the fire started due to an on-going investigation.
Both houses sustained heavy fire damage to the second floor and attic.