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  • Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Flames leap through the roof of a vacant home in Jim Thorpe last night.
    Bob Ford/TIMES NEWS Flames leap through the roof of a vacant home in Jim Thorpe last night.
Published April 12. 2012 05:00PM

Two firefighters were momentarily stuck inside a burning structure on Wednesday night while battling a fire in a vacant house in Carbon County.

The home at 222 South St., Jim Thorpe was owned by Barry Phillips, who recently purchased it and was doing renovations, noted Jim Thorpe Fire Chief Bill Diehm.

Diehm said that by the time firefighters arrived on the scene at about 11:15 p.m., the fire was blazing through the roof and the house was filled with flames.

Diehm said that firefighters usually go inside homes when there is a fire, looking for victims. The firefighters who were trapped, were not injured.

The fire was endangering a home occupied by the Busocker family next door. Firefighters used water to continuously wet down the adjacent home. Diehm said there were between 40 and 45 firefighters on scene.

While their efforts kept the fire from spreading, the Busocker home did receive slight damage,Diehm said, including a broken window which allowed water to the attic area, and some siding was scorched.

The Busocker home was just a few feet away from the burning house.

"It was a good stop," said Diehm. "Firefighters kept good control and kept the fire on the property."

Neighbors were allowed back into their homes early this morning.

Assisting Jim Thorpe Fire Department at the scene were fire departments from the following communities: Lehighton, Penn Forest No. 1, Nesquehoning and Lehighton. The Rapid Intervention Team from Summit Hill and Lansford, and Lehighton Ambulance were also on scene. The RIT team is a mobile rescue unit which responds to assist firefighters. Also on hand were local fire police who assisted with traffic control in the vicinity of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the fire marshal.

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