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Fire in downtown Mahanoy City Thursday was caused by lightning

  • ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lightning was determined to be the cause of this fire at 22-24 East Centre Street in Mahanoy City on Thursday.
    ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Lightning was determined to be the cause of this fire at 22-24 East Centre Street in Mahanoy City on Thursday.
Published May 25. 2013 09:03AM

The Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal at the Frackville Barracks has determined lightning to be the cause of Thursday night's downtown fire at 22-24 East Centre Street, Mahanoy City.

The full fire story and photos appeared in yesterday's TIMES NEWS.

In addition to seeing a bright light, neighbors reported hearing and feeling a loud bang at the same time a few minutes before the fire.

"One firefighter received minor, non-life threatening injuries to his ankle and lower back," said Tony Blackwell, Safety Officer, Mahanoy City Fire Department. "He was treated and released from the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Pottsville."

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