Fire damages local home

Chief: Fire appears to have been electrical

Sentinel photo by BRIAN COX
Firefighters from Junction Fire Co. utilize their ladder truck to help fight a residential fire from the roof area of the home Friday on Chestnut Street in Lewistown.

LEWISTOWN — An apparent electrical fire damaged a two-story home Friday evening in Lewistown, according to Lewistown Fire Department Chief Bob Barlett.

The fire at 34 Chestnut St. in Lewistown was first reported to emergency services at 4:45 p.m.

Barlett said the upon the arrival of firefighters, smoke could be seen coming out of the home and flames were shooting out as well.

Barlett said fire was contained to the second floor of the building in the right rear corner of the residence from the perspective of someone looking from Chestnut Street. The damage on the first floor is primarily from smoke and water, Barlett said. The fire chief said the damage was mainly limited to this corner of the home, but also said the building is structurally sound and repairable.

The initial report indicated a child was possibly trapped within the home, but Barlett said that turned out to be untrue. He said no one was injured in the fire.

Two adults and two children were displaced as a result of the fire, however, and are receiving Red Cross assistance.

City Hook and Ladder, Brooklyn Hose Co., United Fire and Rescue, Chief Logan Fire Co., Junction Fire Co., Fame EMS and Lewistown Fire Police responded to the scene, which caused a portion of Chestnut Street to be closed for about an hour while firefighters battled the blaze.


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