WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — A tenant jumped from his third-floor apartment early Sunday morning after the building caught fire, officials say.
According to Williamsport Fire Chief Sam Angust, reports of other tenants being trapped in the flames have turned out to be false.
Firefighters were dispatched to a structural fire at 2205 W. Fourth Street at 1:40 a.m. and may have been trapped, with reports of a person jumping out of a third-floor window.
The crew arrived at the scene and found a man lying on Huckleberry Alley in the rear of the third floor with flames extending over the roof.
A second alarm fire enlisted six more off-duty firefighters and crew from Old Lycoming Township, Montoolsville and South Williamsport.
The firefighters successfully put the fire under control outside, prevented it from spreading into the attic, and held it back until headquarters crews arrived on the scene and entered the house.
After a late report that he may have been trapped on the second floor, the fire brigade immediately conducted a primary search of the entire building, but no casualties were found. When off-duty personnel and additional aid troops arrived, they conducted a secondary investigation, which also proved negative.
The fire was declared under control at 2:04 am. Fire damage was limited to his two apartments on the third floor, and the apartment below had minor water damage.
The jumped resident was taken to UPMC Williamsport, where he was treated and released. The American Red Cross helped tenants with emergency relief.
An investigation into the source and cause of the fire was conducted by the Williamsport Fire Department and it was determined to have started on the third floor rear porch on the west side of the building. The exact cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.
Damage estimates based on county valuations were set at $50,000.
The Williamsport Fire Department would like to thank the Williamsport Police Department, the Susquehanna Regional EMS, the Old Lycoming Twp VFC, the Montursville VFC, the South Williamsport VFC, and the community for providing assistance to residents and assistance to investigators. Thank you to all the members of .
WBF also thanks the American Red Cross on Diamond Street and the Saunders Mortuary for allowing the Red Cross to conduct interviews with residents in a warm and comfortable manner.
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