Dozens of firefighters from Carbon and Schuylkill counties battled a stubborn blaze for nearly two hours early this morning along a main road in Coaldale.
The fire at 40-42 W. Water St., Route 209, broke out just before 4 a.m. in half of the duplex.
"We encountered heavy fire upon arrival," Coaldale Fire Chief Steven Polischak said this morning.
"We made an attack and found the fire to be well involved in 42 so we backed out and went defensive and knocked out the fire.
"The fire was very far in front of us," he said. "It had a running start."