SHAMOKIN — Firefighters encountered heavy flames on the side of a home at 309 W. Chestnut St. when they arrived to a reported fire Saturday.

Members of the Shamokin, Mount Carmel and Coal Township fire departments had the blaze knocked down within about 20 minutes, said Shamokin Fire Department Chief Jason Zimmerman.

“The bulk of the fire was on the first floor, in the living room area,” Zimmerman said. “It was venting out one window.”

The resident of the house wasn’t home at the time, but neighbors said the man is in the process of moving out. Neighbors did not have contact information for the resident, Zimmmerman said.

The chief said there was extensive damage to the first and second floors at 309 and believed there was some smoke and water damage to 311 W. Chestnut, the other half of the duplex home.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it’s not suspicious,” Zimmerman said.

No determination will be made until the fire department and fire marshal talk to the resident.

All of the Shamokin Fire Department was there along with a ladder truck from Mount Carmel, an engine from Coal Township, an engine from Overlook, fire police and Shamokin police. No firefighters were injured battling the blaze, Zimmerman said.

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