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Lehighton residence hit by minor fire

  • Firemen at the scene of last night's minor fire at Ochre Street in Lehighton.
    Firemen at the scene of last night's minor fire at Ochre Street in Lehighton.
Published June 30. 2012 09:01AM

A single home in Lehighton sustained minor damage after a fire broke out at about 8:25 p.m. Friday.

It took firemen about 10-15 minutes to extinguish the fire at 219 Ochre Street. Samantha Frable lives at the residence with her fiance but were not at home when the fire began.

Borough Fire Chief Gary Frable said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but believed it started in the kitchen. Some damage was done to one wall and the contents of the stove, he said.

No injuries were reported, as no one was home at the time the fire began. Six cats and two dogs, however, had to be rescued from the home.

"Considering the heat and everything else, everybody did a great job, and kept everything at a minimum," Frable said.

Assisting at the scene were the Mahoning Township, Franklin Township, East Penn Township, and Jim Thorpe fire departments, as well as Lehighton Ambulance Association and Lehighton Police Department.

The incident marked the second fire in the past month along Ochre Street. Just before midnight on May 28, a fire hit the home of Kathleen A. Kattner at 226 Ochre. No one was inside at the time of that fire, though extensive damage was done to the top floors of that home.

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