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3 homeless after Schuylkill fire

Three people are displaced after a fire in Schuylkill Haven.

A supervisor with the Schuylkill County Communications Center said a call was received at 3:45 p.m. for house fire in a kitchen.

Deputy Fire Chief Jim Reed said the origin of the fire at 431 W. Columbia St. was in the kitchen, appearing to start in an air fryer.

Upon arrival, flames were shooting out of a kitchen window and heavy smoke was visible. A hose line was stretched inside to the kitchen extinguishing the fire that was under control in about 15 minutes.

The home is rented by Jodie Hertz, and her two children, Leyden and Kegan Hertz, Reed said. Kegan was home during the fire and escaped with a dog.

The owner does have insurance. Smoke detectors were working. Reed estimated the fire caused between $25,000 to $35,000 in damage. State police fire marshal John Burns was called to investigate because of the amount of the damage.

Responding were the Schuylkill Haven Fire Department, two engines from Cressona and the Pottsville Rapid Intervention Team.