Fire destroys family home early today in Coal Township
By Evamarie Socha The Daily Item
COAL TOWNSHIP - Firefighters continued into the early morning hours Monday and in temperatures in the teens controlling a two-alarm blaze that destroyed a Coal Township home and left the family unharmed but homeless.
The fire started just before midnight Sunday in the back of the home at Chemung and Hancock streets and quickly spread upward to the second and third stories and the roof. Neighbors watched in horror as the flames spread fast but were contained to the home, which is in a neighborhood of old homes in the Springfield section of Shamokin’s East End.
The family, whose names are not known at this time, sought shelter with neighbors, Coal Township Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Malukis said.
The home was adjacent to a parking lot, letting firefighters attack the blaze from all sides. The fire had move from the back to the front of the home.
Malukis said the state police fire marshal would be at the scene in the morning. The cause is not yet known but believed to have started from a wood-burning stove in the home’s basement.
Union and Maine companies from Coal Township, East End, Forest Hills and Shamokin responded. Coal Township Rescue Squade also reported to the scene.