Rescue from converted house on North Second Street
Ryan Kneller, The Morning Call
Firefighters rescued a man Sunday morning during a three-alarm house fire in Allentown.
Crews were dispatched shortly before 6 a.m. to the fire in the 100 block of North Second Street, Allentown fire Capt. John Christopher said.
Once on scene, firefighters pulled a man from a first-floor apartment at the rear of the building.
The man was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital-Sacred Heart for treatment of burns to the arm and smoke inhalation.
“The fire came in with entrapment,” Christopher said. “So, rescue was [the firefighters’] primary objective. Once that was completed … we were able to attack the fire and extinguish it rather quickly.”
The fire was brought under control in about 40 minutes, and it is not believed there were any other tenants at home, Christopher said.
The three-story structure, housing three apartments, sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage.
“Our guys did primary and secondary searches and didn’t find anyone else,” Christopher said.
Three other tenants, two adults and a child, were displaced by the fire and are requesting Red Cross assistance, Christopher said.
“The building will be uninhabitable,” Christopher said.
A cause and origin of the fire has not yet been determined, Christopher said.
This story was updated with additional information from Allentown fire Capt. John Christopher.
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