Investigators in Scranton are searching for the cause of an early morning fire that forced seven people from their homes in the city’s south side.
One family was forced to jump from the roof to get out of the burning home.
This Monday morning started out in an unexpected way in a south Scranton neighborhood as flames raced through several homes.
Investigators think the fire may have started in 822 Beech Street. Inside the home at the time was the Labrosky family.
“Our neighbor came banging on our front door, pounding and saying, ‘Your house is on fire, your house is on fire!’ I woke my husband. We grabbed our daughter and had to climb out of the window on the roof. They pulled the squad car and had to jump off the roof,” recounted fire victim Lynn Labrosky.
“We lost our dog, we lost Cookie,” Jeff Labrosky said, hugging his wife.
Once the Labroskys made it across the street they could only watch as Scranton firefighters doused the fire and competed against mother nature while the relentless flames spread to their neighbor’s home.
“We didn’t see anything, just smoke. Their house got caught in the flames. The wind tonight just kept feeding the fire. They couldn’t get water pressure,” Lynn Labrosky added.
“With the wind blowing as strong as it was we had a fear the fire could move from the next house to the next house and house after that,” said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Floryshak.
The 800 block of Beech Street stayed active for hours overnight with emergency crews and neighbors keeping a watchful eye.
“A lot of smoke, a lot trucks. Didn’t hear the sirens or anything, I just smelled the smoke within the apartment because it crept in,” said neighbor Laurie O’Hara.
Although the Labrosky’s dog didn’t survive, Scranton firefighters said no people were hurt in the fire.
The American Red Cross of Lackawanna County is helping all of those who were affected. The cause remains under investigation.
A relief fund has been set up to help the fire victims.
The Dutch Hollow Neighborhood Association is collecting donations for the families affected by the fire.
Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Citizens Savings Bank along Cedar Avenue in Scranton. Designate donations for “Beech Street Fire.”