Several homeless after fire in Sunbury

SUNBURY – Fire heavily damaged two homes in Sunbury early Sunday morning. The fire started at 6:15 a.m. at 159 Fairmount Avenue, with upstairs and downstairs apartments. The fire then spread to an adjoining duplex at 153 and 155 Fairmount Avenue.


Sunbury Fire Chief Ken Kipple said, “The buildings sit real close together. That’ why it extended. As far as apparatus access, we had good access for ourselves.”


Seven people were able to escape the burning homes safely. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. One firefighter required treatment for dehydration.


They are back on the scene today investigating. Kipple said, “We are doing the fire investigation with state police fire marshal Kirk Renn. We know it started in a back bedroom at 159 Fairmount, but we haven’t determined the cause yet.”


Kipple did not identify those living in the two homes. The Red Cross is assisting the families displaced by the fire.


Damage is estimated at $150,000. About 50 volunteer firefighters were called to the scene. (Ali Stevens)

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