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Weatherly fire ousts 2 families

February 20. 2013 1:29AM
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WEATHERLY – Two families were displaced after a fire broke out in their double-block home Wednesday afternoon.

Weatherly Citizens Fire Co. No. 1 was dispatched at 2:34 p.m. to 62 Packer Drive for a dwelling fire and found the third floor ablaze, Fire Chief Don Weston said.

After ensuring that everyone was out of the house, firefighters had the blaze knocked down within a few minutes, Weston said, containing it to the third floors of both homes. The first and second floors sustained smoke and water damage.

Two adults and two children lived on each side of the house, Weston said.

The American Red Cross Hazleton Chapter was notified to respond at 6:12 p.m. and provided services to eight residents. All were provided with food and clothing. Some of the clients requested and were provided with shelter, while others chose to stay with family, said Jennifer LoConte, communications specialist with the Red Cross.

A state police fire marshal will be on scene today to investigate.

The Delano, Quakeake, Hazle Township, Freeland, Tresckow, Beaver Meadows, White Haven and Foster Township fire companies assisted, along with Weatherly EMS, Weston said.

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