Man Sent to Hospital After Flames Hit Double Block Home

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LANSFORD -- Flames sent a man to the hospital Tuesday night in Carbon County.

Authorities said fire started at a double block home on East Abbott Street in Lansford just before midnight.  Crews think the flames started in the back of one side of the home.

A family of five lives inside. The husband was taken to the hospital to be checked out for breathing in smoke.  Firefighters said the other four family members are safe.

A woman lives on the other side of the double block with her husband.  He was not home at the time but a neighbor woke the woman who ran to safety.

Neighbors said this is not the first time this home has burned.

"The place caught fire about six years ago. There was a fire there on Christmas Day. It must be bad luck there," said neighbor Gerald Steigerwalt.

A fire chief tells Newswatch 16 a cooking accident is to blame for the flames.  The red cross is helping the victims.