Flames heavily damaged a vacant house in Lansford early this morning.

The fire broke out at a double home at 22 and 24 E. Kline Alley at about 1:45 a.m. Receiving most of the damage was 22 E. Kline, with the first floor partially gutted and the front porch charred.

Some fire and heavy smoke damage occurred through both sides of the wooden building.

Volunteers from five communities responded to the alarm, with flames evident on the first floor when they arrived.

Although the fire was knocked down within about 15 minutes, firefighters remained at the scene for about two hours.

A state police fire marshal will visit the scene today to help determine the cause.

Joe Greco, official with the Lansford Fire department, said the fire doesn't appear to be suspicious and that there was electricity in the houses.

Both sides of the structure were reportedly vacant.

Answering the call were firefighters from Lansford, Summit Hill, Coaldale, Tamaqua, and Nesquehoning Fire Co. No. 1.

The Jim Thorpe Fire Department was dispatched to the Nesquehoning fire company for stand-by status.

Lansford police, Coaldale police, Summit Hill police, and the Lehighton Ambulance Corps also assisted. No injuries were reported.

Fire police were in charge of crowd and traffic control.

A major challenge was getting apparatus to the scene since Kline Alley is narrow, and was made even tighter because of the snow accumulation. Firefighters rolled hose from hydrants on adjoining streets to the fire scene.

Bitter cold temperatures in the upper teens created some icy conditions. The Lansford borough crew responded with cinders to Kline Alley to assure safe passage on the thoroughfare.