DURYEA — Two officers had to be treated for smoke inhalation Friday but the homeowner made it out safely during a blaze on Pettebone Street.
Firefighters from several municipalities managed to contain the damage to a rear section of the residence.
“They made a hell of a stop,” Germania Hose Company Fire Chief Joe Korea said of the crews’ efforts.
Initial 911 reports of someone trapped in the home at 147 Pettebone St. were determined to be unfounded after firefighters conducted a sweep through the building.
The blaze broke out about 11 a.m. The Excelsior Hose Co. said in a Facebook post that units arrived to find flames in the attic area.
Quick work by crews stopped the fire from spreading to the front of the house, Korea said.
Exterior siding was peeled off in the attic area of the home and charred wood was visible.
In addition to Germania Hose and Excelsior, crews responded from Avoca, West Pittston, and Pittston Township. Medic units also assisted.
Korea said he was very happy with how many volunteer firefighters were able to respond in the middle of the day, saying it was key in stopping the fire.
Fire marshals investigated and ruled the cause as accidental, police say.
Korea said the Red Cross had been notified and would be helping the homeowner.
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