WILKES-BARRE — A three-alarm fire that destroyed a vacant apartment building at 120 Carlisle St. on Sunday is under investigation.
Firefighters received the call at 1:55 a.m. and arrived to see heavy fire on the first floor of the two-story building, said Wilkes-Barre Fire Department Chief Jay Delaney.
They brought it under control nearly nine hours later.
“We brought all on-duty firefighters and paramedics and called nine off-duty firefighters, ” Delaney said.
Heavy smoke spread across the city prompting residents to call for firefighters to investigate. There were no other fires, Delaney said.
One firefighter suffered a foot injury, the chief said.
There were no utilities into the building, Delaney said at the scene late Sunday afternoon with city fire inspector Capt. Alan Klapat.
“It’s under investigation for now,” Delaney said.
Firefighters attacked the blaze from inside at first and retreated to the outside taking a defensive approach, he explained. The roof collapsed onto the second floor, making it hard to fight. Firefighters had to wait for the fire to burn through the roof in order to get at it from above.
Some shingles on an adjacent house were damaged by water sprayed on the burning building. But the house and another vacant apartment building on the other were spared from major damage because firefighters set up what Delaney said were “water curtains” between the buildings as protection.
The chief said the fire caused extensive damage, compromising the structural integrity of the building.
“The city code enforcement will be down here tomorrow morning,” he said.