Two Homes Ruined By Fire, Eight People Forced Out

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WHITE HAVEN -- Investigators in Luzerne County are looking for the cause of a fire that left eight people looking for new places to live.

Two homes were wrecked by flames Monday morning in White Haven.

Flames started in a home in the 200 block of Towanda Street in White Haven and then, jumped to the home next door.

Eddie Pierre-Louis could do nothing but watch as flames destroyed his home of 10 years. Pierre-Louis was there when the flames broke out, around 7:30 a.m. Monday. He believes the fire got its start somewhere on the back porch, and it moved fast.

"They were already blown up, and I walk away, I run away," he said.

Pierre-Louis lived there with his wife and five children, ranging in age from 6 to 20.

Everyone got out safely, but Pierre-Louis and his family escaped with just the clothes they were wearing, in his case, a bath robe and sweats.

The same goes for Eilene Jones. The fire spread to her home next door, on Towanda Street in White Haven. Jones ran out the door as the fire took off.

"I had to get a pair of shoes and came out with just my purse. i don't have my medication or anything," Jones said.

Jones says she's fortunate in that she can stay with her daughter. Her neighbors are not so lucky.

Pierre-Louis says he's been in White Haven for 10 years, before that, New York City, and before that, Haiti.

"I don't have any family around here."

Pierre-Louis added he's not sure what he will do next. It depends what, if anything, can salvaged from his burned-out home.

No one was hurt.

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause.



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