House Collapse, Rooftop Fires Rattle Allentown Neighborhood - NBC 10 Philadelphia

House Collapse, Rooftop Fires Rattle Allentown Neighborhood

"She said, 'Run'"



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    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019)

    A house collapse and subsequent fires to surrounding homes shook a Lehigh Valley neighborhood early Sunday morning.

    Firefighters responded to the 700 block of North Fountain Street in Allentown around 3:25 a.m. to a report of a home collapse and fire, Allentown Fire Department Deputy Chief Efrain Agosto said. The flames quickly jumped to the roofs of surrounding homes, sending people fleeing.

    Cindy Hewko said her daughter woke her after hearing a blast that caused her to be knocked off her bed. "She said, 'Run,'" Hewko said.

    The family ran outside, trying to get their pets to safety, too. Once out of their home, Hewko said she saw flames on top of a neighbor's roof.

    Officials Investigate Cause of Fire That Damaged 10 Homes in Allentown

    [PHI] Officials Investigate Cause of Fire That Damaged 10 Homes in Allentown

    A fire in Allentown damaged ten houses on one block, leaving more than a dozen families without a home. Investigators are still trying to find out what caused the fire while the community is focused on getting those families back on their feet. NBC10's Steven Fisher has the details.

    (Published Monday, Oct. 21, 2019)

    The flames damaged about 10 homes, but no injuries or deaths were immediately reported, Agosto said, adding that the collapsed home appeared to be vacant.

    About 35 firefighters responded, according to the chief.

    Capt. John Christopher said crews were putting out hot spots but there was no longer an active fire. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Christopher said arriving crews didn't detect any odor of natural gas.

    The American Red Cross of Eastern Pennsylvania tweeted that it is assisting 47 people from 13 families displaced by the fire.