Fire displaces family

Emergency crews quickly respond to fire in Lewistown

Sentinel photo by LAUREN KERSHNER
Damage from a fire is visible Monday night on the outside of 803 W. Fourth St., Lewistown, after a fire broke out in the home.

LEWISTOWN — A woman and two children have been temporarily displaced after a fire broke out Monday evening in their home in Lewistown Borough.

Fire crews from all three Lewistown Borough fire companies — City Hook and Ladder, Brooklyn Hose and United Fire and Rescue — were dispatched at 7:23 p.m. to 803 W. Fourth St. for a report of a residential fire.

According to the Mifflin County Emergency Communications dispatch, as crews responded, they were told flames were showing from one side of the home.

Firefighters quickly arrived and were able to put the fire out.

Flames were visible and shooting out from the window, Bob Barlett, borough fire chief, said.

The neighbor at 805 W. Fourth St. called the fire in and used a garden hose to keep it under control until the fire department arrived.

Barlett said the fire companies were able to work swiftly to put the fire out because of a quick response time.

“We were clearing another incident in the borough when this call came in,” he said. “We were able to quickly get the department here. There could have been more damage had we not had the previous call.”

Barlett and the other officers of the department, Bob Douglas, assistant chief, and Bob McCaa, the safety officer, were on the scene assessing the situation.

The three called for the borough Fire Investigator Mike Force and the borough Codes Enforcement Officer Rex Fink to evaluate the inside of the home.

Force and Fink were investigating the cause and origin point of the fire. Force said he believes the fire was an electrical malfunction caused by a space heater located on the first floor of the home.

The residents currently rent the house and were not home during the fire.

However, two firefighters were treated for injuries as a result of the fire.

Assisting the three Lewistown Borough Fire companies included East Derry and West Granville. Fame EMS provided medical attention to the firefighters and Mifflin County Fire Police provided traffic control around the scene of the fire.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family.