WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — We’re learning more about a fire in Lycoming County that forced nearly a dozen people from their homes and ruined two structures.
The fire started Saturday evening in one home on Park Avenue before quickly spreading to the house next door. Now fire investigators are working to uncover the cause.
Just after 6 p.m. Saturday, Williamsport Fire Bureau was called to the 400 block of Park Avenue for heavy flames in the rear of the home. The house to the left is just a few feet away and was also damaged.
“Once we sent a crew in there, we saw that we did have the fire in the building next door,” Williamsport Bureau of Fire Platoon Chief Sam Aungst said.
Several fire departments came to assist and was under control around 8 p.m. 10 people occupied both homes, and fortunately, there were no severe injuries.
“No civilian injuries. We did have a couple of firefighters go down with heat-related injuries. One was transported to the hospital where he was admitted overnight and is doing well,” Aungst said.
One neighbor says she saw the flames from blocks away and knew something was wrong.
“It was just alarming to see the smoke. When I looked back and I saw the dark black smoke, it was incredible. It was crazy, I was like ‘Oh my God whose house is this?’,” Mercedes Pajil of South Williamsport said.
Another neighbor says he’s relieved no one was seriously hurt and hopes the families will be okay.
“It’s too bad about it. I hope they make alright and I hope if they need a donation, I’ll come give them something,” Troy Bizkel of Williamsport said.
Fire investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire.