Two people perished in a fire that started in the early morning hours of Sunday in Linden, PA., Woodward Twp., Lycoming County just west of Williamsport, PA. A woman and a young girl were killed when a fast-moving fire roared through a northern Pennsylvania home, but Firefighter Zachary Mosso, who was passing by while headed to a training session was able to rescue a man from the burning residence by forcing entry and getting in. The fire at the two-story home in Woodward was reported around 0625 hours Sunday, authorities said. The firefighter saw the working fire and reported it, then kicked in a door and got the man to safety. As this was happening, a woman crawled out of a second-floor window onto a porch roof and then either fell or jumped to the ground. She was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Firefighters tried to rescue an 8-year-old girl who was trapped in a second-floor bedroom, authorities said, but they couldn’t reach her due to the intense heat and smoke. No firefighters were injured in the blaze, which took about 90 minutes to bring under control, authorities said. It wasn’t clear if the rescued man suffered any injuries.
At 6:26 a.m., Richard Whalen, chief at Woodward Township Volunteer Fire Department said he was called to 225 Woodward St. “We got a call for a structure fire with possible entrapment, when we got to the scene we confirmed the entrapment,” said Richard Whalen, Nearly every fire department in the county was called to the two-alarm fire, including: Volunteer fire departments in Old Lycoming, Nippenose Valley, Loyalsock, Montoursville, and Hepburn, departments in DuBoistown, Nesbit, South Williamsport, Antes Fort Fire and Williamsport, as well as both departments in Jersey Shore, Independent Hose Co., and Citizen’s Fire.