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Blaze destroys Lansford home Firefighter injured, needs stitches on hand

  • Fire crews on scene at 4 a.m. Sunday at 316 W. Patterson St., in Lansford. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
    Fire crews on scene at 4 a.m. Sunday at 316 W. Patterson St., in Lansford. COPYRIGHT LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Published January 23. 2017 02:45PM

A firefighter was injured early Sunday morning when a blaze broke out at 316 W. Patterson St., Lansford.

The Lansford firefighter, whose name was not released, was injured battling the blaze. He sustained a cut on his hand while ventilating a window. The broken glass cut through his glove.

Lansford Fire Chief Joe Greco said the firefighter went to a hospital and received stitches for the cut.

Greco said the cause of the fire is not known because of the extensive damage done by the blaze.

It was reported that the fire appeared to have started in the rear area of the basement.

He said entire dwelling is deemed a loss. The first floor of the home collapsed into the basement, Greco said.

When firefighters arrived on the scene just after 4 a.m., the basement of the two-story wood home was fully involved in fire.

Greco said the firefighters did an excellent job of knocking down the basement flames, but the nature of the home construction allowed the fire to travel through the walls of the structure.

The home is a single dwelling but only about 2½ feet of space on the two sides separate it from neighboring houses.

Despite this, Greco said the fire was contained to the house, owned by Bridget Horvath. She was not home when the fire broke out.

"Everyone involved did a real good job in containing it," Greco said. "It was a stubborn fire."

He said, "Everybody worked well together in trying to get the job done especially in keeping it contained."

Responding to the early morning alarm were firefighters from Lansford, Summit Hill, Coaldale, Nesquehoning, Jim Thorpe, Tuscarora and Tamaqua, who dispatched a Rapid Intervention Team.

The site of the fire is on Route 209.

Local fire police handled traffic control.

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