Fire Levels Homes, Forces Families Out

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KULPMONT -- A fire in Northumberland County leveled a double-block home and spread to at least one other.

There wasn't much firefighters in Kulpmont could do to save the double-block home on Route 61.

Officials said when arrived around 5 a.m. flames were burning from the first floor to the roof.

"The fire was starting to spread into the adjacent two homes. We had a collapse early on in the fire which brought it to the ground, we then redirected our efforts to saving the exposures that were attached," said Kulpmont Fire Chief Ray Siko.

A man who lived here suffered burns to his hands and was taken to the hospital. Everyone else made it out safely, according to the fire chief.

The fire was so intense that it ended up melting the siding on a former dentist's office across the street. One home is gone, a second severely damaged, and a third homeowner is counting his blessings.

"The fire didn't make it to us, I don't know once I get in there what kind of damage we'll have," said neighbor Dave Dallabrida.

Dallabrida credits the siding on his home with preventing the fire from spreading.

Flames did, however, spread to the double-block home on the other side causing serious damage.

Officials will now look for what caused the fire but because the home was reduced to a pile of rubble they said they may never know.

The Red Cross is helping five families affected by the fire.

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