Three-Alarm Fire at Home of Suspected Meth Lab

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Flames hit a string of row homes in Shamokin. According to authorities, it's not the first time they've been on that block.

The fire first started around 8:30 p.m. Monday night on East Sunbury Street in Shamokin, in the same home police hit the week prior, suspected of being a meth lab.

Video from a viewer shows flames shooting from row homes along East Sunbury Street.

The place where the fire apparently started is familiar to authorities in Northumberland County.

Police were at the residence just a week before flames hit it with information that there was a meth lab inside.

Shamokin Battalion Fire Chief Steve Jeffrey told Newswatch 16 row home fires are always difficult.

"The fire department arrived here to heavy fire showing from the first and second floors. Obviously, with the wind promblems, we had to drop to second alarm real quick," said Jeffrey. "They had fire out the front and the rear.  We had exposure problems with the attachments, so we had mutual aid coming in from the lower end of Northumberland County to help us out."

The fire went to three alarms before it was brought under control. One firefighter suffered minor burns to his face. He was treated at the scene.

It's now up to the Shamokin Police Department to find the cause of the fire, and see if it's connected to the apparent meth lab discovery a week ago.

East Sunbury Street, also known as Route 61, was closed for several hours, but re-opened around 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Red Cross is currently helping six people who were forced from their homes due to flames.