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Flames destroy P. Forest home

Published March 23. 2013 09:02AM

(Note: Photos appear on page 2)

A fire involving an explosion destroyed a two-story residence in Penn Forest Township, Friday afternoon.

The fire happened shortly after 2 p.m. at 44 Sugar Pine Drive in the Marty Axman Development of Penn Forest.

Officials said they haven't determined the cause of the fire, but reports had indicated there was an explosion.

A state police fire marshal will assist local officials in the investigation.

Responding to the scene were firefighters from Penn Forest Township, Kidder Township, Albrightsville, Jim Thorpe, Franklin Township, Mahoning Township, Polk Township, and Parryville. In addition, the Anthracite Rapid Response Team from Summit Hill and Lansford were also dispatched.

Lehighton Ambulance assisted at the scene.

There were no reported injuries.

One reason for so many fire departments is there is no central water system so tankers shuttled water from a nearby site.

The name of the homeowner wasn't available.

Officials said half of the two-story house was fully engulfed in fire when they arrived on the scene.

The explosion sent pieces of material over a wide area.

The cause of the explosion wasn't immediately known until the investigation occurs.

Last night shortly before 8 o'clock, the Penn Forest Fire Company returned to the scene when rekindling occurred.

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