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Family of three displaced in Washington Twp. fire

  • LARRY NEFF/Special to the TIMES NEWS
    LARRY NEFF/Special to the TIMES NEWS A Tuesday morning fire in Washington Township displaced a family of three
Published December 21. 2011 05:01PM

A family of three has been displaced after a fire broke out at their home along Route 873 in Washington Township Tuesday morning.

The two-alarm fire caused severe damage to the home located in the 5300 block of Route 873, just north of Slatington. No injuries were reported.

Slatington Assistant Fire Chief Jason Nicholas said the fire broke out just before 6 a.m., at which point the Slatington, Walnutport and Emerald fire companies were dispatched to the scene.

"We arrived to find heavy smoke," Nicholas said. "Within a few minutes, flames began shooting from the roof."

Nicholas said the Friedens, Slatedale, Neffs, and Palmerton fire departments, as well as the Greenawalds and Woodlawn fire departments from S. Whitehall Township, and Northern Valley Ambulance Association (NOVA), assisted at the scene.

The fire was put under control at around 8:35 a.m., Nicholas said. The roof collapsed into the first floor of one of the two apartments attached to the stone house, he said.

Nicholas said the cause of the fire is unknown, though it's not believed to be suspicious in nature. It remains under investigation by Pennsylvania State Police, he said.

"We're just glad for the teamwork by everyone involved," he said. "We appreciate the great teamwork."

The American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley was called to assist the family, and provided lodging, meals and toiletry items.

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