Tamaqua firefighters responding to a house fire early Wednesday encountered far more than they bargained for.
For starters, the burning house was located at a spot with limited access.
The century-old duplex was built at the retaining wall of the Little Schuylkill River at a dead-end street.
To arrive at the scene, firetrucks had to maneuver around heavy downtown traffic on Route 309 on hectic Hometown Auction Wednesday.
Then, rounding the corner to Water Street, access to the blaze was blocked by an illegally parked car.