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Firefighter Hurt, Cat Dies In Plains Twp. Fire

October 20, 2018

PLAINS TWP. — One firefighter was injured and at least one cat died during a raging fire at a double-block home early Friday, according to firefighters.

The fire at 303-304 Farrell St. was reported around 6:50 a.m. and crews arrived to find the upper portion of the right half fully involved in flames, Plains Twp. Fire Department Capt. Michael Van Luvender said.

The fire began on the first floor and went up through the walls into the attic of the home, where it then spread to both sides of the property and caused the roof to collapse, he said.

With the homeowner safely outside, crews began trying to protect a nearby home that was under threat from the intense heat of the fire, he said. That structure sustained a broken window and some minor heat damage, he said.

Because of the intensity of the blaze, township firefighters joined by crews from Jenkins Twp. and Kingston fought it from the outside, Van Luvender said.

One firefighter suffered minor electrical burns to his hands when a power line came down on the hose he was holding, Van Luvender said. The firefighter was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

One dog and one cat escaped the fire, but at least one other cat was killed.

Three people who lived on the left side of the building — including the owner — were displaced by the fire. The right side, where the fire originated, was unoccupied and undergoing renovations, Van Luvender said.

He said the fire did not appear suspicious, but that the cause was not yet known. A state police fire marshal was investigating.

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