LEMOYNE, Pa. – Dozens of firefighters worked together to put out a three-alarm fire in a residential neighborhood Wednesday morning.
The fire broke out around 11:15 a.m. at a duplex on the 100 block of Bosler Avenue, as Tony Lohry was getting around for his day that would soon be changed by fire.
“We're lucky,” he said. “The house was full of smoke. I got my son out of the house, I grabbed the fire extinguisher but the back of the house was totally engulfed. The flames were coming in my windows, so I just dropped the fire extinguisher and left.”
The fire gutted the duplex along with a house next door. Around 75 firefighters from Cumberland, York and Dauphin counties were called in to put out the fire. There are no reports of injuries, but stories of survival.
Michael Drake says he was walking in the area when he saw a man in a second-story window trapped by the fire. He grabbed a ladder to help first responders rescue the man.
“Somebody's in danger you just need to make sure that they're safe,” he said. “There's no thought process in it; it's adrenaline. You're not even thinking; you just automatically do it.
The fire is also to blame for a power outage that affected more than 500 people in the area. The Red Cross says it is helping five adults and three children displaced by the blaze.
“We were just talking to our landlord about purchasing the property,” Lohry said. “He gave me a price and everything a month ago, you know, I was kind of working towards that, and well, now I got this. Ten more minutes and it would have been different. I'd have been asleep. Yeah, I'm very thankful.”
Firefighters believe the fire started behind the homes, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.