A second house fire in Pottsville in as many days has left 6 people temporarily homeless.
The call went out just after 5 p.m. Wednesday evening for smoke filling up the second and third floors of 409 Main St. in Pottsville’s Fifth Ward. Reports from the scene then indicated a working structure fire at that address.
Crews from the city, Minersville, and Schuylkill Haven, among others arrived and quickly put out the fire in about 20 minutes.
The blaze caused extensive damage to the third floor of 409 Main St. and flames jumped to 411 Main St. through their shared ceiling. You can see firefighters here attacking the remnants of the fire from the rear of the third floor at 409 Main St.
Damage to the neighboring property, which was vacant at the time, appears limited to the third floor and roof. Duty chief on the scene Dave Leibel told The Canary that the second floor in each home sustained water damage.
In total, 6 people are getting assistance from the Red Cross as they’re temporarily homeless following Wednesday’s fire. That includes 2 adults and 4 children living at 409 Main St. The family also had 2 cats that Leibel believes were hiding out in the basement for the duration of the incident.
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