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Update: Eight Homes Damaged by Fire in Schuylkill County

MAHANOY CITY — Fire damaged eight homes in Schuylkill County.

Fire broke out at a series of row homes on East Centre Street in Mahanoy City just after 6 p.m. Tuesday forcing about a dozen people from their homes.

Rebecca Rineer watched in horror as fire spread to her home on East Centre Street in Mahanoy City. She just finished dinner when someone told her and her family to get out.

“And they were like, ‘You need to get out of the house now,’  We ran out with no shoes on,” Rineer said. “And now they’re telling us they busted out our back two windows and the roof might be collapsing, so it’s pretty hard.”

This was supposed to be remembered as the day Rineer started her new job. Now her uniforms are gone.

“I don’t know what we’re gonna do. They said that the Red Cross is trying to help,” Rineer said.

Witnesses said the fire appeared to start in the middle house and spread in both directions. Now families are waiting and watching to see if anything can be saved.

“Very worried. We live in Mahanoy City. There’s a lot of row homes here. If you’re a life-long resident, you’re afraid of fire and I’m among those people,” said Nikki Todd of Mahanoy City.

According to fire officials, six  homes were damaged by the fire, two others sustained smoke and water damage.

Everyone made it out of the homes safely. One firefighter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. There is no word on the cause of the fire.

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