LUZERNE COUNTY, PA – At 12:20 PM on Sunday, August 6, Schuylkill County 9-1-1 dispatched Nuremberg-Weston Vol. Fire Company and Sheppton-Oneida Vol Fire Company to 174 North Iroquois Circle in Eagle Rock (Black Creek Township) for a reported house fire. Hazle Township Fire & Rescue was also due on the box from Luzerne County.
First responding units were advised the caller stated the bedroom was on fire with flames shooting out the windows. Additional calls were reporting a male still in the residence and possibly throwing items out the window.
Chief 581 arrived on the scene to find a single family dwelling with fire showing from the second floor; a working fire was declared. Engine 582 pulled past the residence and stretched a hand line. Ladder 581 took the address in the driveway and sent the ladder to the roof.
The 582 crew charged their line and made a quick hit of the fire from the exterior and then moved in to find the seat of the fire. Engine 9-10 was directed to secure a water supply at a hydrant in front of the residence and feed Engine 582.
Hazle Township Tower arrived and laddered the building while additional personnel went in to assist with pulling ceilings. An additional line was pulled from Hazle Township Engine to extinguish an exterior fire. A crew went to the roof and opened it up.
The bulk of the fire was knocked down within five minutes of the first crew’s arrival. The fire was placed under control at the 20 minute PAR check.
One occupant of the residence was taken to the hospital with minor injuries by APTS ambulance. Shenandoah Ambulance was also on the scene providing rehab to the firefighters.
The American Red Cross was notified to assist the displaced residents.
PPL was requested to the scene to disconnect power.
Most crews were packed up and clear of the scene by 2 PM. A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal arrived on the scene Sunday afternoon to begin investigating the cause of the fire.