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February 12. 2014 10:32PM

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WILKES-BARRE — A woman walking a dog is being credited with saving two women from a fire at a double block home on North Washington Street early Wednesday morning.

City firefighters endured below-zero temperatures while battling the blaze at 1425-1427 N. Washington St., next to Ed Savitski Auto Repair Service, just after 5 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Ed Snarski.

A grandmother and her granddaughter were awakened by a woman who banged on the front door and windows and rang the doorbell, neighbors said.

The woman was walking a dog past the house at the time of the fire.

Snarski said the fire heavily damaged the attic and second floor of the three-story building. He said the cause of the blaze is under investigation by city Fire Inspector Alan Klapat.

Snarski said there were no injuries except for frozen firefighters.

The grandmother and granddaughter resided in 1425 N. Washington St. The other side of the double block was vacant.

North Washington Street was closed from East Main Street to Sidney Street while firefighters battled the blaze.

Property records say Ronald Malic of Kenilworth, N.J., is the owner of 1427 N. Washington St. The owner of 1425 N. Washington St. was not listed on property records.

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