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Palmerton home saved when fire breaks out

A home was saved after it caught fire early this morning in Palmerton.

The fire broke out at 1:38 at a half of a twin home at 114 Avenue A, according to borough fire Chief Jason Behler.

“It was all on the exterior of the home, on an outside deck,” Behler said. “Something had ignited and caught the vinyl siding on the side of the house.”

Behler said the fire was called in by a neighbor, and added that Palmerton Police Department was the first to arrive on scene.

“They hit it quick with the fire extinguisher, the homeowner was trying to put it out with his garden hose,” he said. “When we showed up, the majority of the fire was contained so we just checked the interior of the wall and used our thermal imaging camera to check the interior to check that there were no high temperatures, then did a quick overhaul of the whole outside to make sure the fire was out and there were no ambers that would ignite. We also did some ventilation inside the house because there was some smoke in the house.”

Behler said no one was injured during the incident.

He said the damage was done mostly to the exterior of the home, as the vinyl siding was substantially damaged, and that about a 10-by-10 section of the house was damaged along with some of the outside deck.

Behler said the home is still livable.

“It was pretty much knocked down by police and the homeowner,” he said. “We were there for maybe 45 minutes doing overhaul and ventilation.”

Behler said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but that it isn’t believed to be suspicious and therefore no need for an investigation.

“It came out in a positive way; a lot better than it could have been,” he said. “Especially for the time; not a lot of people are awake at that time, and it could have been much worse.”

Behler said also assisting at the scene were the Aquashicola Fire Department and Palmerton Ambulance.