Fire Spreads To Four Buildings

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MOUNT CARMEL -- Several crews were call out to a fire in Northumberland County.

It broke out around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the corner of East Second Street and North Chestnut Street in Mount Carmel.

Authorities think it started in the basement of a double block home and spread to four other buildings.Three have heavy fire damage. The other has smoke damage.

At least three families are without a place to stay.

One family thinks the fire started in or around a coal burner in the basement, but the exact cause is under investigation.

Crews in Mount Carmel are also looking into a possible flow issue with the fire hydrants.