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Crews respond to Whitehall fire

Emergency personnel from Whitehall Township and surrounding municipalities responded to a fire June 14 at a home in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Street in Fullerton.

According to Lehigh County dispatchers, the fire was called in just before 9 a.m. Neighbors reported seeing flames and thick smoke and hearing windows shattering.

The Whitehall Bureau of Fire’s Facebook page detailed action taken by the department.

Fire Chief David Nelson was first to arrive on the scene. There were early reports the homeowner may have been inside the home. This prompted Nelson and Deputy Fire Marshall Mark Bilder to enter the back of the home, but they were quickly forced to exit due to the intense heat and smoke.

It was discovered later that no one was, in fact, inside the home.

No injuries were reported, according to the report.

According to the Facebook account of the incident, the fire spread quickly, causing the home’s second floor to collapse. Crews remained on the scene for hours after the flames were extinguished, while the fire inspector conducted an investigation.

Assisting Whitehall Township were firefighters from Catasauqua and Greenawalds.

Details of the fire inspector’s findings had not been released at press time.

PRESS PHOTO BY SCOTT M. NAGY Firefighters work June 14 to contain this fire at a home in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Street in Fullerton. There was no one in the residence at the time. The fire remains under investigation.