Fire chief describes a devastating scene in Kulpmont
KULPMONT – Kulpmont Fire Chief Ray Siko says he was one of the first to arrive on the scene at a fire in the 900 block of Chestnut Street this morning, which eventually destroyed four homes. He described what he saw at 4:45 a.m.
Siko said, “Two homes were completely involved and we had a third that was well-involved. During the initial stage of the fire, we had live power lines drop across the front and back of the building, which were charged and energized. We really had to use extreme caution because of the downed power lines.”
Route 61 was closed in the area after the fire destroyed homes at 912, 914, 916 and 918 Chestnut Street, which were two double homes One of the double homes collapsed so the detour remains in place. He said they have some heavy equipment assisting in moving the burned debris at the scene of the collapse. Siko says the investigation into what caused the fire will take some time.
He said, “At this time we haven’t even started determining the cause. We are still conducting interviews with residents of the homes. One of the residents was transported by ambulance to Shamokin Hospital for treatment of burns. We have not yet had a chance to speak with him.” (Ali Stevens)