Wednesday's fire victim still critical
A retired Carbon County Career and Technical Institute guidance counselor who was badly burned in a fire at her Jim Thorpe home early Wednesday remained in critical condition as of early Friday morning, according to staff at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.
Corrine Miller, 58, of 306 South Ave., was taken to the hospital after being rescued from the porch of her burning home by two as-yet-unidentified people.
Firefighters were alerted to the blaze when someone, believed to have been Miller, called the Carbon County Communications Center at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday for help. The caller said the house was on fire and that she could not get out.
Miller, who was disabled, lived on the first floor of the two-and-a-half-story half-double home.
Firefighters arrived to find the home fully engulfed in flames. The blaze also damaged three adjacent homes. Miller's older, wood-frame home collapsed quickly, and firefighters jobs were made harder by the heavy, wet snow and cold, windy conditions.
Jim Thorpe Fire Chief William Diehm on Thursday night said a state fire marshal has been called in to determine the cause of the blaze, which Diehm said was not suspicious in nature.