Firefighters Battle Cold At W-B Blaze

February 1, 2019 GMT

WILKES-BARRE — Firefighters put down a blaze at a residence on North Main Street after battling flames for about two hours Thursday in extremely difficult winter weather. They also successfully dealt with another challenge to contain the fire to one building. Three residents — a mother and two children — and a pet dog safely escaped, but a pet cat is “unaccounted for,” Fire Chief Jay Delaney said. Two firefighters were injured on ice fighting the fire and went to the hospital for treatment, Delaney said. The fire department got the dispatch call at 4:23 p.m. “There’s a couple things that made this difficult,” Delaney said. “The firefighters went inside to do interior attack, and they worked really hard to get the fire out. But there was just too much, and we had to pull them out and go defensive. That made things more difficult for us, especially since the house next door is 12 inches away literally. There’s just some cosmetic damage to the one next door.” The temperature at the time of the fire was less than 15 degrees. The firefighters outside were dealing with snow, slush and ice along the street and the property. “The conditions were brutal. Our hoses were freezing. Our nozzles were freezing,” Delaney said. “These firefighters did a phenomenal job in these conditions to keep it to this one house and not to spread to the others. This is a really densely populated neighborhood.” The fire was at 256 N. Main St. The American Red Cross was at the scene to take care of the displaced residents. Contact the writer: mbuffer@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2073, @cvmikebuffer