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Wilkes-Barre firefighters battles flames consuming a vacant structure at 219-221 Gilligan St. on Wednesday night.
Wilkes-Barre firefighters battles flames consuming a vacant structure at 219-221 Gilligan St. on Wednesday night.
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WILKES-BARRE — Fire has destroyed a vacant house house that neighbors say they have been complaining about to city officials for years.
City fire crews were dispatched at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday to a double-block apartment house at 219-221 Gilligan St. By 9:10 p.m., the top floor of the three-story structure was almost destroyed and flames could be seen through the windows of the second floor.
The fire chief on scene was too busy to provide any details to the media before press time.
Nicole Patronick, who lives next door at 231 Gilligan St., said the building housed three apartments and has been vacant all of the nine years she has lived next door.
“It's a mess. The back of it was falling down. I've been calling the city constantly … about the high grass,” said Patronick, who added that she believes electric service to the house was still turned on. “You could hear it go ZZT! It was a hazard.”
Patronick said she had to move playground equipment she built for her children away from the house next door so it wouldn't melt.
Sandra Jarnot, who lives across the street at 238 Gilligan St., said she has lived in her home for 28 years and 219-221 Gilligan St. has been vacant for as long as she can remember.
Jarnot said her husband, Ed, also complained about the house to city officials and asked that it be torn down.
“They said there are worse houses in worse condition,” Jarnot said.

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